I need to rant some, but I’m also looking for advice to see if I can salvage my Linux experience. Any advice is appreciated.
I recently got my AMD Framework 13, and I’m stoked to use it more and really put it to the test. I installed Ubuntu 22 on it. This is my first attempt at daily driving Linux and not Windows. I’m a software dev so I feel like Linux should be a better fit for the work I do. I had no trouble sorting through some of the setup and config issues, but I’ve continued to have some usability issues, which I think are mostly Linux related.
I dock my Framework with a USB-C dock and an ultrawide 2K monitor, and I keep having problems with the scaling. I turned on fractional scaling (which apparently sucks) and set my laptop and monitor to reasonable levels, but my primary browser Firefox keeps having problems where the menu buttons disappear outside the bounds of its window. And no amount of moving and resizing will fix it, I have to restart the app. I’ve also had problems with it disappearing into some phantom display that I couldn’t see, and I had to fish the window back. Today my display settings reset, so scaling was back to 200% and monitor positioning was wrong. I fixed the settings, but now Firefox is permanently scaled way up (like tabs, font, and buttons are huge) and I haven’t been able to fix it.
Another issue I had was downloading a video and playing it on my TV. I download certain videos from certain websites and they always play fine on my Xbox. It’s just an mkv file. I did the same workflow on my Ubuntu Framework, and when playing on the Xbox Media Player the video would crash about 10 minutes in. I also noticed couldn’t seek (fast forward/rewind) in the video. If I open the video in Windows Media Player (or whatever they call it now) on my Windows 10 PC I get the same behavior, video crashes several minutes in and can’t seek. If I download the exact same video on my Windows Laptop it works perfectly fine.
Ok, so when the video didn’t work, I thought “I’ll just plug my Framework into my TV with an HDMI cable and watch it that way”. Nope, it wouldn’t connect to the TV. Slotted in my HDMI card, plugged it in, laptop screen blacked out and came back, but no signal to the TV and no display listed in settings. TV is a 4k TCL with Roku and has never given me trouble with other devices. Not sure if it’s a Linux issue or Framework issue.
Not to mention installing programs can be annoying or confusing. If something is listed in the “app store”, sometimes people leave bad reviews and say “this version sucks, download from the website”. So I download from the website, but then I can’t install it because idk it errors and says it’s not compatible with my system.
There’s some other problems I could rant about but this would go on forever. I knew I’d have to do some tinkering with Linux, but it’s really frustrating when the most basic crap doesn’t work without an hour of troubleshooting. On the positive side, the OS is extremely responsive and quick. This thing flies! Also, I’m fairly comfortable on the terminal so I enjoy having that extra power.
Just wanted to see if I’m missing something here, if people think these gripes are more Linux issues or Framework. I suspect the former. Thanks for reading and for any advice.