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  1. System76's Refreshed "Darter Pro" Linux Laptop Is Now Available for Sale Announced last week, System76's refreshed "Darter Pro" Linux laptop is now available for sale with improved battery life and updated components. The Darter Pro 2019 laptop is finally here to address the shortcomings of the previous model. It features a larger, long-lasting battery, smaller bezels, and a tactile, multi-color backlit chicklet keyboard, as well as upgraded internals to make it faster and more reliable while on the go. The extra battery life makes it perfect laptop for remote workers and travellers. "The Darter Pro was tested under a variety of conditions, including video, music, email, writing via the cloud, and online messaging programs. On average, the battery lasted about 7 hours. Customers have been requesting improved battery life for quite some time, so the company is confident that the Darter Pro will be a coveted option among those who prefer to work unplugged," said System76.Tech specs of the new Darter Pro laptopThe refreshed Darter Pro laptop comes in an ultra-portable and thin chassis of only 18mm in size and 1.6 kg in weight. Under the hood, it's powered by 8th generation Intel Core i5 (8265U) or Intel Core i7 (8565U) processors with 6/8MB cache, 4 cores, and 8 threads, Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphics card, up to 32GB Dual-Channel DDR4 2400MHz RAM, and up to 2TB M.2 SATA or PCIe NVMe SSD storage. The Linux laptop also features a beautiful 15.6-inch Matte IPS Full HD (1920x1080) display and a multi-color backlit keyboard with tactile feedback. It also comes with all the ports you need, including USB 3.1 Type-C with Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Type-A, HDMI, MiniDP, and Gigabit Ethernet. An SD card reader is also present and the laptop features next-generation Intel Wireless-AC and Bluetooth support. You'll be able to configure and buy the new Darter Pro laptop starting at $999.00 USD with either System76's in-house developed Pop!_OS Linux operating system (versions 18.04 LTS or 18.10), as well as the Ubuntu18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system. All of System76's computers come with the Intel ME (Management Engine) firmware disabled by default for security reasons. Darter Pro 2019 laptop Darter Pro 2019 multi-color backlit keyboard Darter Pro 2019 ports left Darter Pro 2019 ports right Source
  2. System76 prepping updated Darter Pro Linux laptop The forthcoming notebook will ship with eighth-generation Core processors and either Ubuntu or the company's own Pop!_OS. System76 Darter Pro Linux laptop Trevor Gass System76 has been producing Linux-based computers for years, succeeding well enough that it could even produce a PC manufactured largely in the United States. Its latest plans are for a refresh of the Darter Pro laptop to answer customers' requests for improved battery life. The Darter Pro is a thin and light portable (3.6 pounds, 0.78 inches thick) designed to offer more than just the basics for computing tasks. It will ship with either an Intel Core i5-8265U or i7-8565U quad-core processor, up to 32GB of RAM, up to 2TB of built-in storage, and a full HD 15.6-inch display. System76 claims that the updated Darter Pro will provide a full workday's worth of battery life so you don't need to be chained to a wall outlet by noon. While a laptop like the Dell XPS 13 can ship with Ubuntu Linux if you choose the Developer Edition, the Darter Pro only ships with a choice of Linux OS: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, or one of two versions of System76's own Linux OS, Pop!_OS 18.04 LTS or Pop!_OS 18.10 (64-bit). Pop!_OS is based on Ubuntu, but offers additional features such as full-disk encryption for the company's systems. According to Softpedia News, System76 will begin taking orders for the Darter Pro beginning on February 5. Pricing has not been announced -- at least we won't have to wait too long -- though the company's other laptop lines are generally priced around the $1,000 mark. Source
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