The developers working to bring Linux to Apple’s most recent computers are making progress enabling support for the hardware on Macs with Apple M1 and M2 chips. Meanwhile a crowdfunding campaign is offering a chance to get your hands on a USB-C charger that cranks out enough power to charge a MacBook… and the charger itself is designed to look like a classic Macintosh computer.

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.

SHARGEEK: The First 67W Charger With Power Display [Indiegogo]

The Shargeek Retro 67W is a USB charger that looks like a tiny Macintosh computer – the display shows how much power is being delivered by the 3 USB-C ports on top. Crowdfunding now for $29 and up.

November 2022 Progress Report [Asahi Linux]

Developers working on this GNU/Linux distribution for Macs with Apple Silicon have made major progress in bringing support for USB3 speeds to the Thunderbolt ports on Apple’s recent Macs.

Chinese Loongson Chips Coming Next Year With Ryzen 5000 Performance [Tom’s Hardware]

Loongson says its next processor will be available in the first half of 2023, and that it will deliver performance on par with an AMD Ryzen 5000 series processor. But it most likely won’t support Windows and probably won’t be available outside of China.

Core i7-1260U is essentially a vPro-enabled Core i5-1235U with similar performance [NotebookCheck]

Initial benchmarks suggest there’s not much of a performance difference between Intel’s Core i5-1235U and Core i7-1260U processors, although that could change as more devices ship with the latter. The Core i7 chip does have at least one advantage for business users though – vPro support.

GIMP turns 27 [GIMP]

The free and open source, cross-platform image editing application (full name: GNU Image Manipulation Program) was first announced on November 21, 1995.

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  1. Loongson

    Worth remembering these are not for high end gaming machine, but office, factory, hospital, infrastructure and weapon use ( many countries have weapons with silicon chips , I’m not singling China out ).