Which Linux distribution do you want to use on your Framework Laptop?

Same here! I really strongly prefer the arch ecosystem, documentation, etc. EndeavourOS strikes a great great balance between a simpler install experience and not ending up with a bloated install. Some hiccups in the installer, and still some post install tasks to do, but both steps took me less than a third of the time of a normal arch x86 install…

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@Chris_Eden do you have a guide for the iMessage server? I’ve been looking into this and found a couple of years old posts, but haven’t tried to get anything going.

I’m running Pop!_OS

@Winston_Hoy - Sorry, I misspoke in that message, now that I look at it. I actually have a separate Intel NUC running Debian for Home Assistant and Plex. My iMessage server (running Air Message) was actually a MacBook in my furnace room running OSX.

I was going to figure out how to run OSX in a VM on my NUC to combine everything, but decided to do away with it altogether. I just make my family use WhatsApp with me now. :slight_smile:

Anyway, in a nutshell, your options are to use a VM (I’ve seen some guides online) or find a used MacBook (with a broken screen is ideal, nice and cheap) or Mac Mini.

[edit] - happy to dig up the best links I can find to save you the trouble, depending on your specific needs.

@Chris_Eden Air Message is exactly what I was looking for, thank you! I had found a number of rougher repos doing something similar. Was Air Message working well for you? I’m primarily trying to give a Linux Desktop user the ability to send and receive iMessages as they would from a macOS desktop via the messages app or their iPhone. Air Message seems to have a web client that should work for Linux Desktop. Were there any major caveats for you?

@Winston_Hoy - No major caveats, but as with anything like this, there are occasional issues that are hard to explain, but that can impact sending/receiving at times. I had started dabbling in Blue Bubbles because of this. Both seem to work quite well nonetheless. You’ll just need to make sure you’ve got an OSX machine or VM, an open port, and a DNS service (noip was recommended, and works well for me). Feel free to DM for details (if I can remember them). :slight_smile:

@Chris_Eden Blue Bubbles was one I had heard of actually. Thanks for all of this, I’d be running over Wireguard I think with static IP and perhaps a local hosts file entry for it.

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I’ll throw the thread a third mention of Slackeware-current, it’s on my Thinkpad as I type and I wouldn’t want to lose the benefits. Xfce matters as much on a day to day basis.

A fresh install of Fedora 35, not upgrading from 34, has proven to be an excellent choice for me. I’m using the KDE Spin and am very happy with everything. So far, everything I’ve tested works without issues – fingerprint reader, camera, microphone, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 6 w/WPA3-SAE, trackpad, external monitor (HDMI).

I haven’t benchmarked battery life, because I mostly use the machine plugged in with a USB keyboard, Bluetooth mouse, and monitor. I have a Thunderbolt dock on the way that I expect to work based off of the thread in the forums.

I did install tuned for performance tuning, using the Desktop profile, and tlp for managing battery life.

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At this point, I’ve settled on Qubes 4.1. I originally thought I would try that for a bit before switching to Arch. However, Qubes has been running so well that I see no reason to switch.
That said, I’m not using Framework’s WiFi card (never bought it so I don’t know if it’ll work), and I learned not to let it sleep

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i am a person who is so into the notion of framework that i now think in terms of its marketing manager so I would rather argue to not work for every other linux distros even though I have records of multibooting 5 different OS. I guess a rock solid level support for Ubuntu and Fedora would be better for framework, where the responsibility of solving the too-many-linux-distro is on us (the gnu/linux guys). I don’t want to see my fav distro in framework, I rather want to see framework succeed with the linux community


nixos, funtoo, artix, dragonflyBSD & some other unix like

this post also suggests a better way to support most of the distros

also, I Agree with @Ahmed_Saad_Sabit that distro specific issues (unrelated to hardware) should be addressed in their specific forum / community

openSUSE Tumbleweed user here. Probably won’t have driver problems, as it is a rolling distro and I’m always using latest stable kernel. :slight_smile:

Now that Slackware 15.0 has released, i’ve been using that for a few weeks. I was having an issue with a seagate USB 3.0 drive adapter, that has since gone away, and I think pretty much all the issues I was having are gone. I still wan’t to try something like Qubes, but its hard to uninstall when it works currently, and I use it daily. :slight_smile:


How has ParrotOS been working for you with the Framework?

When my Framework arrives Thursday, I plan to install Slackware in a dual-boot setup with Windows 10. First UEFI install, so expect to do some learning as I go.

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Switched from Manjaro to Ubuntu 22.04.

Ubuntu’s really nice on the framework. I like the fit & finish–it just looks good. Fractional scaling out of the box is nice, too.

But I prefer Manjaro in every respect except a rather large one: it suddenly stopped recognizing that networking exists. Even the live installer. Which is a bummer, because Manjaro gave me better battery life, smoother video, better fingerprint integration, rolling releases…) But sort of hard to live without a network.

Ubuntu wins for the moment. Though I think I’ll try the disable_11ax networking fix suggested on the arch wiki.

Found a Decemberish Manjaro iso image on my hard drive, so I reinstalled over my original Manjaro partition. Network worked properly at install and after full upgrading. Not sure why the current download doesn’t work, but am not going to take the time to find out.

I just went the other direction after a challenging upgrade from 21.10 to 22.04 in Pop!_OS. Still working through getting hibernation working, Tests all seem to work fine, but trying to do a real hibernation results in a clean slate upon resuming. I’ve got a different ssd arriving and will do a new install on it to see if I can get it going.

Got it working, had to add a line to the openswap.conf file to have the btrfs subvolume mount properly.

Waiting to do a dual boot with Slackware and Windows 11. Might also look at Qubes as it is intriguing.

Qubes 4.1 would be awesome. Hoping the Qubes team can get their hands on a Framework laptop.

These community thread started by @Qubesbert has some good information. Also the thread on Qubes forum has some information if it helps: Framework Laptop - HCL Reports - Qubes OS Forum

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