Noodlings | No Linux for 10 Days

20th Noodling, just like the previous, delivered inconsistently!

The 20th cookie sized podcast, but not one of those oatmeal raisin type of cookies, more like something with chocolate chips.

Chinese food containers are a feat of clever engineering. Most people just toss them in the bin once they are done with them but if you stop to look at how they are folded together from wax coated paper, you have to smile and marvel at the ingenuity of this clever, nesting box.

Element | Matrix Chat Client

The Element client makes using Matrix quite enjoyable. Previously, using Matrix was a bit of a lack-luster, almost a science experiment kind of feel to it. Sure, it worked but it didn’t have the polish and great user experience I have using Telegram. I can say, with much confidence, using Element feels like a real product. It feels just as good as any other messaging client. It is still early days for me so it’s still all new and exciting.

Send and Receive Text Messages SMS with Element

Amiga Fast File System Return to Linux Kernel

A component of the Linux kernel for the Amiga Fast File system had been broken that deals with the basic permission bits, protection bits in Amiga OS. The Linux Kernel would only set bits but never delete them.

Max Staudt is the developer that noted this issue and submitted a fix “for good” such that this won’t be an issue in the Linux Kernel any more. He said, “…Linux a nd classic AmigaOS can coexist in the most peaceful manner.”

Linus Torvalds appears to have agreed and the code made it into rc4 of version 5.9 which is slated to be release this month, October 2020.

This is great news for those of us that are vintage tech enthusiasts.

VisualBoy Advance

I was in a situation where I was away from home for an extended period of time. As a result I was separated from my old tech which means authentic hardware to do the more retro style of gaming that I enjoy. While away, I had a hankering for some GameBoy fun to unwind at the end of the day. The application I found, which I ultimately installed from the Snap Store was VisualBoy Advance. The big take away on why this is a great application for playing GameBoy and GameBoy Advance games is the ease of use and how highly configurable it is.

Dell Inspiron 20 3048 Black Screen Repair

Power outage left me with a computer where the LED on the side would show activity but there wasn’t even a flicker on the screen itself. It was out, completely black, no light whatsoever.

Ultimately the issue came to a faulty power supply which tells me that I need to take the time to put in some sort of UPS to protect it in the future. This isn’t the first time I have had issues with this computer as a result of power fluctuations.

No Linux for 10 Days

In my time away from my normal life, I was in a situation where I was without Linux for almost two weeks. I hear of people that consider time away from tech as being “refreshing”. I wouldn’t consider that the case at all but it was enlightening. Using “analog” methods for recording information is super inefficient but it did force me to work on my hand writing as it is atrocious.

Secondly, having to use Windows 10 to do “digital work” was so frustrating, I will say, the points of frustration were not all the fault of Windows 10 but it did make me greatly despise using tech. It confirmed that if Linux went away and I was forced to use Windows 10, I just wouldn’t.

BDLL Followup

There was a discussion about the perfect distribution that dominated the majority of the the conversation. I can easily say that openSUSE fits as the perfect distribution. There isn’t much I would change about it. The only thing I can think is a little polish in Tumbleweed as such that it becomes real easy to do distribution updates, preferably, using Zypper.

openSUSE Corner

openSUSE + LibreOffice Conference

Going on now is the openSUSE + LibreOffice virtual conference. There is one day left but you have to register before participating as to keep out spammers. There are two virtual rooms where talks are given and a workshop room to hack on LibreOffice. Thinking about this, there is an element missing from the event. There isn’t a virtual hall way to get lost in and have random conversations about of topic subjects. Maybe Next time?

It’s nice to see that virtual conferences are still happening. Just because the world has hit a rather large bump, not all the wheels have fallen of of the wagon.

Join our team and help us improve the openSUSE learning experience!

openSUSE is a project that has many parts to it and with the very lively and thriving community, some things can become untidy. The project has multiple distributions, although Leap and Tumbleweed get more of the mind share, things can become a bit overwhelming for someone new to start poking around the openSUSE spaces.

This is why a group of volunteers have taken up the task of improving the learning experience for users regardless of their experience level. We want to make sure that new users can best identify solutions for their requirements and experienced users have the detailed documentation that is easy to access and update.

Any help is welcome for writing, editing, peer-reviewing, video production and testing.

Tumbleweed Roundup

  • 20201008 moderate 90
    • MozillaFirefox (80.0 -> 81.0.1)
    • inkscape
    • kdeconnect-kde
    • libzypp (17.25.1 -> 17.25.2)

https://review.tumbleweed.boombatower.com/

Computer History Retrospective

Computer Chronicles – Super Computers (1984)

Oldest computing machine is the abacus

Massive Parallel architectures was the key feature of these massive super computers. It is interesting to see that the super computer technology of this time is essentially the architecture that would later be adopted by the average home computer, to include your mobile device.

These computers were rated at over 100 million calculations per second. I wanted to get some kind of a baseline comparison to a modern Threadripper but getting actual “calculations per second” isn’t a thing with modern benchmarks. I would be interested in see how one of the old Cray super computers of the mid-1980s would compare to the average gaming desktop computer of today. It’s worth a wonder.

Parallel processing was a big thing with these super computers but the rate of improvement had slowed down and the discussion boiled down to the next breakthrough coming in changing the way things are done and different algorithms to take advantage of greater speed increases.

It was initially by government grants that breakthroughs in super computers came about and once better understanding and more applications were developed for the super computer did the commercial applications jump on board to better simulate a 3D world for testing such as the automotive and oil industry. Ultimately, making the process of being profitable much quicker.

Barriers at the time is building better algorithms to map on a computer’s architecture while at the same time, modifying the architectures to work with the algorithms. There was such a massive number of changes and experimentation in this time. The US and Japanese manufacturers were competing against each other at the super computer level. Both governments investing in the private sector to help with R&D costs. Really a spectacular time in the history of computing.

Final Thoughts

Take some time to appreciate some of the marvels around you. Even something as ubiquitous as a to-go container has an incredible story behind it. Someone or many someones spent many hours engineering the shape and the design of the thing as well as the many hours or perhaps years it took to perfect the manufacturing process. We often take for granted the wonderful luxuries we have.

Modern Computer in a Commodore 64 Shell

Of sorts.

The Commodore 64 was my first computer and there is something about the classic, beige bread-bin shape that brings a kind of retro-excitement. I have many fond childhood memories of flicking the switch on the side of the case where I was greeted with that “Ready” prompt and the blinking cursor on the light gray field… You see, I had a 13 inch, wood grain black and white TV that I mostly used with this fine machine. Only on special occasions did I get to enjoy it full color on the family TV in the living room. When I did though, that blue screen would fill the room with near endless possibilities of electric joy and hours of entertainment. There hasn’t ever really been an experience quite as exhilarating, as a child then when I learned how to input those load commands and hear the 1541 disk drive come to life with the warm sound of heads seeking over the spinning disk. To this day, when I use that disk drive, it takes me back to those bleak winder days where I would cozy up to hot cocoa and Commodore 64 delight.

Although, today, I do keep a real Commodore 64 running and use it from time to time, often wish there was a modernized version of that bread-bin shell so that I could enjoy a flavor of computer goodness performing “modern” computational work loads. It almost came to pass, some years back as there was a project from Commodore USA where you could buy a computer that ran a modified version of Linux to look and feel a bit like the Commodore 64. I searched far and wide to get one of these cases to build myself a modern computer in the style of the Commodore 64. Why? Mostly… just because of the smiles that the computer brought me and the smiles I would like to continue to have, day in and day out.

As it goes, a few days ago Matt, one of my co-hosts on DLN Xtend send me this link where I was greeted with what what I assumed would remain unobtainable and I nearly fell out of my chair in excitement. It appears that an industrious entrepreneur from the UK managed to acquire the website, molds and some stock from the now defunct CommodoreUSA and is offering the sale of Commodore 64 styled enclosures.

The long term plan for My Retro Computer is to sell complete systems but the short term is to sell cases, presumably to build up some capital and take the next step. The Commodore OS that was developed by CommodoreUSA is available for download. I am not really interested in this as my it is now pretty far out of date and I much prefer to shoe-horn openSUSE on all my computer things.

Key Features

I am not going to make this an exhaustive list of every feature of this retro case. I want to keep this short and not an endless blathering of my excitement. There are three key features of this machine, as I see it:

Number 1

The retro styled case. I can see this as being the natural progression of the original Commodore 64 bread-bin case. The same basic shape but taking into account modern hardware and in this case, taking a mini-ITX motherboard, a slot for optical media on the left side and the right side having a multi-format SD card reader.

Number 2

It comes with the keyboard that is a low noise, USB, mechanical, Cherry Switch keyboard. Just based on the description, this isn’t an inexpensive keyboard. Cherry Switches are well known by the keyboard enthusiasts and although I am not a keyboard snob, I do like a quality, modern keyboard and mechanical switches are known to last longer than many other variants. The fact that they took modern components and arranged them in such a fashion that removes the annoyance of the cursor keys and gives you a full 12 Function keys along the top is very welcoming.

Number 3

Prominently displayed on the key features section on the MyRetroComputer.com site, it boasts Linux compatibility (with other things that are far less cool). Although this goes without saying, since it is nothing more than a case with accommodations for standard components, what it does mean is that this computer is “future proof.” That means, I can build it, and rebuilt it again as the component standards are essentially used in perpetuity. Standards may not be fun on the surface, but they can make for so much fun in other aspects in the sense of unleashing creativity.

What I would Do With It

I have thought a lot about setting up a workstation that would generally stay put in my “SuperCubicle.” separate from my AMD system I recently assembled. This would be a fairly low cost build and I would use the monitor I already have in place. I envision this machine to be more of a production machine that would be set up for recording, graphic design, etc. That would free up my laptop to do more mobile tasks. I would call it my “anchor system” as it were and it would fit my enthusiasm for vintage tech and my almost unhealthy obsession with openSUSE Linux all in the same package.

That Windows machine isn’t there anymore, nothing is there currently, perfect spot for this machine.

Pricing It Out

Obviously, there are cheaper ways to accomplish this that are probably more pragmatic but the joys in life are not all pragmatic at all. For instance, my Linux powered festive lights is not really practical at all from a certain perspective but it brings me a lot of joy, all year. In a similar fashion, this would bring daily fun to my desktop experience. It wouldn’t be the exact childhood experience with all the same warm sounds but it would be some of the feel along with the modern conveniences. I decided to do some digging and estimate what it would cost me to build my ultimate retro-modern computer.

Case

The case is about $250. On the surface, this doesn’t seem like a good deal but when put into perspective, it’s not so bad. A Cherry switch keyboard can range from $40 to $200 depending on the grade of switches. This is also a very custom layout with only the switches themselves being off the shelf. The rest of this is very custom. Even if we are going mid-grade here, but taking into account the very custom nature of this layout, lets say this is an $100 keyboard. Maybe it is a little on the low side, I don’t really know for sure. Take that into account that would make the case about $150 and that, to me, is reasonable, considering the niche nature of it.

Motherboard

Doing some searching, and I haven’t actually decided on a board yet. Just some quick searching, there are some gaming mother boards that are not so expensive, even some kits out there but I don’t see how I would be able to add a graphics card to this setup, so I would certainly get an AMD motherboard to take advantage of the power of the Ryzen processors with . between $60 and $80 that would fit the bill quite nicely and give me a lot of use out of it.

CPU

Since I am going with an AMD based system, so long as there is the room for a decent cooler, I am currently interested in a Ryzen 5 3400G with the RX Vega 11 integrated graphics. It should be at least 50% faster than my Dell Latitude E6440 with the i7-4900MQ. Practically speaking even better considering the cooling limitations of the laptop form factor. I am looking at about a $160 price point here.

Memory

I wouldn’t go with, at a minimum 32 GiB of RAM and I am estimating about $120 for two 16 GiB sticks of SDRAM. I would probably just get 2 sticks and leave the other two open to double the memory down the road.

Cooling

I would get a 40mm case fan and some kind which would cost around $6. The CPU cooler would have to be low profile enough to fit in this case and the options I have seen are in the price range of about $50, depending on the design.

Power Supply

Here is where I am uncertain the implementation of the power supply. Looking at the case, it almost appears that the power supply is expected to be external. The cost for internal power supplies are around $50 but here I need to do a little more research.

Operating System

This is kind of a no-brainer as I will of course use openSUSE Tumbleweed running the Plasma Desktop. There really isn’t another choice. I would have access to all my retro system emulators and productivity software so it would just, frankly be perfect for my use case. The reality is, just about any Linux distribution would be great

Final Thoughts

This Commodore 64 retro computer case plus openSUSE Linux with a little mix of DIY is a perfect mixture of Linux and vintage tech enthusiasm with a dash of my almost unhealthy obsession of openSUSE Linux. It just all comes together here.

I have often heard from some people that standards aren’t fun or standards restrict too much. I think this idea is rather absurd as it is the “restriction” of standards that give us the framework to support the freedom to create new and interesting things. Everything from this “Modern” Commodore 64 case to house standard components is cost effective because of the standard interfaces. I think we can see evidence of this everywhere. This can be everything from programming languages to graphical widget toolkits. Not to say that standards need to be static but having a solid foundation from which to build allows for wonderful and interesting creations. The Commodore 64 Retro Case is just one example of it.

References

MyRetroComputer.com Home
Commodore USA OS
https://www.xtremegaminerd.com/ryzen-cpus-with-integrated-graphics/


Noodlings | BIOS Games Serving the NDI™ Plugin

Another prime number… and no the title doesn’t make sense. It’s just a nonsensical way to string everything together.

19th Noodling on a mid-August night

19 Episodes… 19 is another prime number!

Fun facts about chocolate milk can be found here

BIOS Update Dell Latitude E6440 on Linux

My BIOS was 4 years out of date. I thought it was time to update it. I went to the Dell Support page and noticed that they only had *.exe files available. I sighed and was initially frustrated because my initial supposition was that I was going to have to have a working copy of Windows to do the update. 

AntiMicro | Map Keyboard and Mouse Controls to Gamepad on openSUSE

Installed a game called Pokemon Insurgence on Lutris and there was no way to play the game with a gamepad. Rather than try to fight things, set out for an application that would map the keyboard controls to the WiiU Pro Controller that has become my gamepad of choice.

CPU Downgrade

After receiving this message following a BIOS upgrade, I was forced to purchase a lower powered CPU for my AMD Workstation.

OBS NDI™ Plugin on openSUSE

The NDI plugin offers a fairly easy way to send OBS video signal (presumably other applications can take advantage of this too) to another OBS instance on another machine. This can come in handy for numerous reasons such as splitting up workloads between machines by capturing output from one machine, such as gaming computer, to stream with a dedicated unit that interfaces with YouTube.

BDLL Followup

What have you done that would cause you to lose your Linux card

openSUSE Corner

New Prototype Builds Bringing Leap, SLE Closer Will be Available Soon

The release manager for openSUSE Leap, Lubos Kocman, has updated openSUSE’s develop community on efforts to bring the codes of Leap and SUSE Linux Enterprise closer together.

Tumbleweed Roundup

  • 20200805 Stable 99
    • MozillaThunderbird (68.10.0 -> 68.11.0)
      • Several CVEs addressed
    • transactional-update (2.22 -> 2.23)
      • Subpackages: transactional-update-zypp-config
      • Version 2.23
      • Add “run” command to be able to execute a single command in a new snapshot
      • Add “–drop-if-no-change” option to discard snapshots if no changes were performed (BETA, required for Salt integration)
      • Removed previous CaaSP Salt support (gh#openSUSE/transactional-update#33)
      • Avoid “file not found” message on systems without /var subvol
  • 20200810 Score of a moderate 84
    • epiphany (3.36.3 -> 3.36.4)
    • gcc10 (10.2.1+git465 -> 10.2.1+git501)
    • gnome-mines (3.36.0 -> 3.36.1)
    • kernel-source (5.7.11 -> 5.8.0)
    • squid
    • zypper-lifecycle-plugin (0.6.1490613702.a925823 -> 0.6.1596796104.87bdab7)

https://review.tumbleweed.boombatower.com/

Computer History Retrospective

Computer Chronicles – Fifth Generation Computers (1984)

The pioneers in the field talk about 5th generation computers capable of Artificial Intelligence and heuristic learning; giving computers context. In 1984, computers were already being used to make knowledge based decisions.

The Computer Chronicles – Fifth Generation Computers (1984)

Final Thoughts

Take some time to have fun. Good, clean wholesome fun. Go for a walk, enjoy the weather on any day that it is possible. Take some time to cherish each moment, whether it is good or bad, find the positive in the situation and make it a point to say “thank you” as often as possible.

TUXEDO Pulse 15 | Possible AMD Linux Laptop Upgrade

My main machine a Dell Latitude E6440 has very happily been chugging away and meeting my needs very reliably. For most tasks, I don’t have any issues. I do probably push it by keeping too many tabs open far too frequently but for the things I need to do, CAD, video editing office tasks, VMs this silly CubicleNate.com site, I am very happy with the performance. I think where I am having trouble is that now that I have had a taste of high-resource application multitasking, now I want more of it. Also, the Server / workstation that I built last year has further wet my appetite for more power.

I have looked at Tuxedo Computers several times and have been very interested by their many offerings. Looking at the 10th Generation Intel machines, I found the prospect of super long battery life with greater processing power compelling but not compelling enough. The difference in performance of the integrated GPUs vs the onboard AMD of my current laptop wasn’t enough of a difference to get me to make the purchase. I wanted more of a leap frog than a hop forward if I am going to make a major purchase.

Then I have this article pop up in my Twitter feed. Now I am intrigued as this wasn’t just a few percentage points faster than my current machine. This was almost 6 times the CPU power and although uncertain the GPU performance increase, I am quite certain that the RX Vega 7 will do far better than the Radeon HD 8600M Series GPU I am currently enjoying.

Exciting Features

I am going to outline the features that mean the most to me. Everyone is a bit different so I will illustrate the most compelling aspects of this machine that get me ready to open up my Bitwarden client to punch in my payment information.

CPU

For starters, this is an all AMD laptop. Nothing against Intel, outside of the Spectre and Meltdown issues, I have enjoyed great performance and Linux compatibility over the years. Even now, I am quite satisfied with my 4th Generation Intel. What an all AMD laptop means to me is no funny hybrid graphic commands to utilize the more powerful GPU. By default, having a Vega 7 paired with the Ryzen 7 CPU with 8 cores and 16 threads means a LOT more that I can do and in less time. Specifically, more efficiently working in 3D design, such as Fusion 360 and rendering audio and video files. I shouldn’t complain too much, generally my rendering takes about 1 minute for each minute of video but the more effects I layer on the longer this can take.

GPU

Maybe I should have lumped this into the previous paragraph but I do want to highlight my reasons for a better GPU. For starters, Gaming. I don’t do a lot of it, but when I do, I find that my GPU is a bit lacking for the newer games. I don’t need superb graphics but I would like to be able to play some of the newer titles without having my graphics turned all the way down to the lowest setting to keep up. Obviously that is not all the games but the “Triple-A” titles are just not possible.

“Psss, that is why you built the new server / workstation system”

“Shhhhh, let’s not talk about that computer right now!”

CubicleNate talking to CubicleNate

Whenever I want to use the AMD GPU in my E6440, I have to invoke “DRI_PRIME=1” to activate it and it can be annoying to do it for all the applications that draw on GPU resources. Admittedly, that is not a huge deal but convenience is worth something.

Memory

I don’t tax my memory all that often but I tend to as I have said earlier that once I got a taste for taxing application multitasking, I have wanted to do more of it. Maybe I don’t need to but I have been known to use up the 16 GiB of RAM on my system quite regularly. This machine has a max of 64 GiB and since that number sounds great, I just may want to have a “Linux 64” system to compliment the Commodore 64. See what I did there, 64 GiB of RAM and 64 KiB of RAM?

(Insert eye roll)

Seriously though, I would like to have a bit higher ceiling to work with when doing more complicated tasks and that additional memory should keep me quite satisfied for the next several years.

Battery

The battery performance of this machine looks to be about 10 hours under normal office loads. Now, that is not much more than what I have with my E6440 on a good battery as I get between 6 and 8 hours, depending, but 10 hours is nothing to sneeze at. The battery is also user replaceable in this machine as well. Not as easy as a couple retaining latches on my E6440 but I can live with having to employ a screw driver to remove the lithium-polymer battery, so long as it doesn’t require a heat gun and careful prying to get it out. The question I have here is, “how easy will it be to get a replacement battery?”

Ports

Here is where many machines fall on their face. For the most part, ports on newer machines are loathsome. Possibly the most egregious design I have seen has been Apple laptops. It is as though they have no thought or concern in what users will need. I have seen all brands with this shortcoming. This machine is fairly well equipped and I would be comfortable in saying is far better than most.

It has 1 – USB 3.2 Generation 1 Type-C that can also be used to deliver power. That is great because it opens me up for having a universal USB-C type dock station, which Tuxedo Computers also sells. It seemingly is not DisplayPort capable but I am okay with that. Two ports would have been nice but one is good.

There are 2 – USB 3.2 Gen1 Typ-A ports. I am rather accustomed to the 4 I have on my Latitude but I do NOT currently have a USB-C port so the world of USB-C is out of reach at this time. There is 1 – USB 2.0 Type-A and I wish that this would be a USB 3 instead but the reality is, this is fine, really. I mostly have USB 2 type devices and things like Mice and controllers waste that USB 3 port so I am fine with this.

1x HDMI 2.0 that has output capabilities I don’t fully understand but it can do 4k. I don’t own any 4K anything so this is not a huge deal to me. I am more concerned about having multiple screens that I can plug into the dock station. I will have to get some kind of HDMI to SVGA adapter I keep in my computer bag for the eventuality that I run into a display with that standard.

This has a real RJ45 Gigabit LAN port. So HUGE win here. I can’t have a machine without a real port. Not having a real LAN port is just silly to me.
This has a real 2-in-1 Headphone/Headset (Headphone & Microphone) port. I do use this still even though I have many Bluetooth audio things

It also has a micro-SD Card-Reader. I would prefer a real SD Card slot but I can live with this. Supposedly there is an adapter to read 8 other card formats but the only two for which I am interested is the Large SD Cards and Compact Flash.

Honorable Mentions

It has all the other standard options of the day like Webcam, sound card, speakers and internal storage. I will probably just go with the 2000 GB option as to not have to mess with that in the future. I mean, maybe not, maybe I can live with just 1000 GB but that would be a storage downgrade from current machine.

Concerns

I am a bit concerned by the change in keyboard layout would change how I use tiling on Plasma. This is a small issue and thinking about it, I actually may be able to use it more effectively as there are more keys near by that I could more sensibly configure to take advantage of the tiling features.

Getting more power supplies is my other concern. I can’t have just one or two. I need to have several but there is that USB-C option that everyone is seemingly excited about these days. I do have several Dell Power Supplies and I don’t want to just retire the lot. I wonder if they would be compatible.

Tuxedo Computers is in Germany, I am in the US. I am a bit concerned by the customer service issues I may have. Specifically, replacement parts, like batteries, or should I monkey something up. This is a small concern as I prefer to work on my own machines and assuming I upgrade my E6440 one more time, I could easily fall back to it should this Rysen machine have issues… and I think that is the path that I need to take.

What I wish it had

There are two things I wish the computer had. The first, a TrackPoint, as you see on the Dell Latitudes and ThinkPads. I am quite accustomed to using it regularly when I am mobile with my computer. Perhaps I could become used to using the track pad only, not sure, but this is the only thing that would be difficult. With that TrackPoint comes three physical buttons beneath it. I do like physical buttons too.

Secondly, I wish it had a built in smart card reader. This is not a huge deal and external USB models will work fine, it is just that there is something incredibly convenient in having a built in device so it is always ready to be used. My last 13 years of Dell Latitudes have had them built in and working great in Linux.

Final Thoughts

After a lot of thinking and pondering. I am not going to make the plunge… yet. I have to call myself out right here and remind myself that I previously said that I would buy an all AMD Linux laptop when they became available. My reason for not making the plunge yet is I can squeeze a bit more out of my E6440, I just purchased a new battery for it and the price of 4th Gen CPUs are rather low right now so I am going to extract a bit more performance out of this machine before I replace it. I may make this Tuxedo Pulse 15 a Christmas gift to myself, or maybe Santa will send one my way to end 2020 on a positive note.

Dell has been good to me for nearly two decades and I will never say a new Dell is a bad way to go, but with the changes in the power supply connection, my reasons for staying Dell have become fewer. They new keyboard layouts from Dell are also enough of a difference that I will have to alter some of my shortcut key sequences anyway. The two major reasons for staying with Dell are the lack of TrackPoint and Smart Card devices.

The part that truly interests me most is that I can buy a laptop, from manufacturer that has openSUSE Linux on it. Sure, it’s Leap and I would end up putting Tumbleweed on it but having a computer, from factory, with openSUSE brings about a kind of excitement. I haven’t ever purchased a Linux laptop before, let alone an openSUSE Linux laptop. I would certainly call this a “flagship” experience and for my first [factory] Linux laptop, this sounds like a great way to go.

References

Tuxedo Computers Unveils the Tuxedo Pulse 15 Linux Ultrabook with AMD Ryzen 4000H Series
Tuxedo Pulse 15 Details and Configuration
Dell Latitude E6440
Fusion 360 on openSUSE Linux | Review
Building an AMD Server and Game Machine out of Yester-Year’s Parts
openSUSE.org