The vast majority of the things I’d want to ask would be forward-looking (e.g. OLED, VRR, fan control, ECC, socketable CPUs even if desktop sockets, AMD, open firmware, how you’ll tackle “black boxes” like Pluton especially from a Linux perspective, etc)…
…so I’ll instead take this opportunity to ask two more minor kind of derpy questions that other people have previously wondered about but hadn’t gotten an response, plus a third one that I myself have wondered but nobody else seemed willing to try:
Is there a particular reason that the Windows key on the keyboard is in fact a “Windows” key rather than something more OS-agnostic such as, say, the Framework logo itself?
I can’t quite recall the thread, but it’s been reported that I believe the inside clamshell portion of the shell with the keyboard and screen seems to not actually be exactly flat but are slightly curved, but in a consistent manner that suggests that it’s an intentional design rather than just the usual manufacturing tolerances. Is this in fact intentional design?
With the current screen being 60Hz, is this a case of it will not actually operate correctly at any other refresh rate (higher or lower) or is it a case of the manufacturer simply setting the panel EDID to 60Hz because “it’s not a gaming display” and custom resolutions / refresh rates would actually work without issue? (even if something minor like 50Hz or 75Hz)
EDIT: So I accidentally lied and thought up two more questions with regards to the m.2 slot(s) and SSD.
- 2230 SSDs are gaining more and more capacity (up to 2TB now) and there’s even talk in the future about PCIe 5.0 SSDs only using 2 lanes in order to save on the amount of PCIe lanes used. Could you elaborate on your reasoning for going with only a single PCIe x4 m.2 slot rather than dual PCIe x2 m.2 slots for maximum expand-ability whether for mirroring/RAID or other non-SSD m.2 devices? Does it all come down to Intel 11th gen being “only” PCIe 4.0 rather than PCIe 5.0?
(that being said, it’s at least theoretically possible to make a sort of PCIe 4x m.2 2280 riser that fits two m.2 2230 slots allocated with 2 lanes each)
- Framework has been quite proactive in terms of firmware and BIOS update support in a manner that is more OS-agnostic such as the generic firmware update images that can be booted directly from a USB drive even if you don’t have an OS or SSD installed, but this attention to non-Windows users doesn’t always extend to some of the 3rd party components that Framework bundles by default, particularly the SSD whereby WD requires the user to run a Windows EXE. How much, if any, influence does Framework have when it comes to how any such firmware updates for these 3rd party components are distributed to end-users?