This is a story as a shout-out to everybody here.
I got my Framework laptop three months ago. I am based in Switzerland but bought the laptop in Germany and brought it to Switzerland myself with a German keyboard. Framework support was not happy about that but I decided to proceed anyway. But of course there was a snag with the invoice as already discussed there: How to get an invoice?
Anyway, the laptop works!
I configured the keyboard as Swiss-German and it works well because my muscle memory is strong. It doesn’t matter that not all key labels are right (German keyboard layout).
I installed Arch Linux on my laptop and use swaywm as my window manager. Yesterday I configured the twelve F-keys to be bound to a workspace each but with different scales. I am getting old and sometimes I would like to browse without my reading glasses. I let swaywm scale like Retina (scale 2), this gives nice big, crisp and easy to read texts. For development I use scale 1, this gives a very dense development environment, but it is easy for me with reading glasses. I found correcting sunglasses the best and even use them the night. My eyes feel rested.
I had a six years old Macbook Air before.
Framework laptop pros:
- Higher resolution
- Faster processors
- Faster disks
- With Linux a lot more freedom in configuring
One thing I am especially proud of: I can tinker with BIOS without shutting down thanks to hibernation. Just hibernate, then press F2, configure and un-hibernate and continue.
This said, there are some downsides. But I knew that anyway:
- Touchpad is a bit off even after enabling kinetic scrolling for Firefox (Kinetic Scrolling on Linux?), still trying to find a way to lower touchpad sensitivity, sometimes I click even before touching the pad, and also the cursor sometimes jumps when doing precise pointing, but this is a different subject
- Some other quirky behavior, for example Signal scales texts badly (scale 2, however I see unneccessary blurring)
- Configuration is time-intensive
But overall, I am happy. And that’s what matters.