Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana"

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  1. Vasudev

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    That's the first thing I tried after the hype train, an OS made for Linux laptops an Apple-esque HW-SW integration. But, Pop OS only worked in LiveCD/USB mode and refused to install on AW BGA due to installer can't continue bugs. Even connecting to internet didn't start the installer eventhough its based off Ubuntu 18. Installed Ubuntu 18 in 5 mins w/o any fuss.
    On Ubuntu 20, Nvidia optimus is same as what Pop OS offers! Nearly killed my Progenitors when I had the BGA on a lap and it got stuck at blackscreen when I thought it was shut-off. I noticed when I felt discomfort and sweaty and thought it was higher ambient temps but in reality, it was damn hot and was stuck due to nvidia optimus. I have reverted to Intel iGPU permanently!
     
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    Sounds like what you are experience is an Alienware trashbook issue. I'm glad your Progenitation modules survived. :vbwink:

    I really hate hybrid graphics switching garbage. It sucks. Should be one or the other, integrated or discrete, or a mux for switching manually. The hybrid approach is trash.
     
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    Thanks.
    Its not an issue with Hybrid approach otherwise my sister's laptop which has amd m330 and broadwell BGA should be overheating on Linux but it working w/o any issues. AMD dGPU rarely switches unless you're coding or doing lite gaming on Linux whereas nvidia runs 100% of the time when you're opening file manager and clocks are at 100% the moment I use my mouse. Another issue is dGPU nvidia doesn't power off when not in use but continues to run. Any tweaking to turn off the BUS/PCIe or whatever permanently disable dGPU and needs fresh install to wake it up on Linux. These issues hold me back from buying BGAs w/ Nvidia that doesn't play nice.
     
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    Pop!_OS just came out with a new UI; "Cosmic". Basically a customized Gnome. Maybe worth a look. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    https://blog.system76.com/post/648371526931038208/cosmic-to-arrive-in-june-release-of-popos-2104
     
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    Thank you. I will check it out.

    Edit: Yes, it definitely seems like an improvement over the atrocious POP!_OS UI theme before it. But, I will be sticking with Cinnamon. I prefer that my Linux desktop environment be as aesthetically similar to Windows 7 as possible.
     
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    I've given up on Mint for about a year now. Damn thing thing always freezes on me and I am forced to manually reboot. I tried it on 5 different laptops.
     
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    I ran into the same problem and it's only when letting it do the default installation method. When I do the installation manually (partitioning it myself and telling it how to do it instead of letting the setup process decide) it works flawlessly. I almost gave up for the same reason and I found something on the internet about it. I think it has something to do with the computer firmware and the fact that I use Legacy BIOS mode, not UEFI. (I prefer Legacy over UEFI, so it is a matter of personal preference in my case. It could be an issue on older systems that are Legacy-only.)
     
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