Enlarge / It’s not specific to Framework, but a number of Framework-owning Linux enthusiasts saw a kernel quirk set their screens flickering this week, potentially with lasting damage. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)
For desktop Linux users, updating to a new Linux kernel typically carries relatively small, contained risks: wonky drivers, GRUB pain, maybe a full wipe and reinstall. For one subset of laptop owners on rolling release distributions, however, kernel version 5.19.12 could cause actual LCD screen damage.
“After looking at some logs we do end up with potentially bogus panel power sequencing delays, which may harm the LCD panel,” wrote Intel engineer Ville Syrjälä in a discussion on the issue. “I recommend immediate revert of this stuff, and new stable release ASAP. Plus a recommendation that no one using laptops with Intel GPUs run 5.19.12.”
The conflict between Linux kernel 5.19.12 and Intel GPU drivers, captured by Michael Kan.