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  1. UK-based hardware manufacturer Star Labs revealed today on Twitter that it will now offer the elementary OS Linux distribution as an OS choice for all of its Linux laptops. I talked about Star Labs before and how they are producing really good Linux laptops. And the good news I want to share with you today is that you can finally buy a Linux laptop from Star Labs that comes pre-installed with the elementary OS distribution for an out of the box experience. If elementary OS is your favorite Linux distro, now you won’t have to go to all the trouble of installing it on your brand new laptop from Star Labs. The hardware manufacturer now lets you choose elementary OS as the default operating system when configuring and buying a new computer from them. The recently announced Star LabTop Mk IV laptop is the first to ship with elementary OS. The slim and beautiful device promises up to a 67% performance increase with the 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10710u processor, 16GB RAM, 13-inch ARC IPS display, improved trackpad, and up to 7 hours battery life. “We are excited to team up with elementary and elementary OS is now available on our laptops. With the OS being light, clean, and visually stunning, the combination of elementary OS and the LabTop Mk IV creates the ultimate open source experience out of the box,” said Sean Rhodes, Technical Project Lead at Star Labs. Besides elementary OS 5.1.5 “Hera,” Star Labs lets customers choose between the Ubuntu, Kubuntu or Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS “Focal Fossa,” Linux Mint 19.3 “Tricia” (Cinnamon and MATE), Manjaro Linux 20.0 “Lysia” (GNOME, KDE, Xfce), and Zorin OS 15.2 Core, Education, Lite or Ultimate editions as default, pre-installed GNU/Linux distribution for its Linux laptops. elementary also announced today that that another OEM will be shipping elementary OS on their Linux computers, namely the Netherlands based Laptop with Linux. Source
  2. System76, the Denver-based Linux PC manufacturer and developer of Pop OS, has some stellar news for those of us who prefer our laptops a little more open. Later this month the company will begin shipping two of their laptop models with its Coreboot-powered open source firmware. The Darter Pro laptop System76 Beginning today, System76 will start taking pre-orders for both the Galago Pro and Darter Pro laptops. The systems will ship out later in October, and include the company’s Coreboot-based open source firmware which was previously teased at the 2019 Open Source Firmware Conference. (Coreboot, formerly known as LinuxBIOS, is a software project aimed at replacing proprietary firmware found in most computers with a lightweight firmware designed to perform only the minimum number of tasks necessary to load and run a modern 32-bit or 64-bit operating system.) What’s so great about ripping out the proprietary firmware included in machines like this and replacing it with an open alternative? To begin with, it’s leaner. System76 claims that users can boot from power off to the desktop 29% faster with its Coreboot-based firmware. Open Source Firmware is now available on these System76 laptops It’s also been stripped of unnecessary features like execution environments, resulting in firmware – and by extension an entire system – that is less vulnerable. Open source firmware was the last spark to power our journey towards creating entirely free and open technology. Like the universe, we are ever-expanding into an open source future with ongoing progress in hardware, software, and firmware, and we’re excited to see where our journey goes from here. System76 Spokesperson This move continues the company’s steady march toward offering open source software and hardware (see: the Thelio daughterboard). It is also working on a graphical firmware manager to benefit more than just System76 and Pop OS users: System76 Launches A Graphical Firmware Manager Compatible With LVFS, All Ubuntu And Debian Distros About The Darter Pro and Galago Pro: Both of these laptops can be kitted out with 10th-Generation Intel CPUs (specifically the i5-10210U and the i7-10510U), and both have glare-resistant matte 1080p IPS displays. Beginning at $949, the Galago Pro features an all-aluminum chassis, a wealth of connectivity options including HDMI, DisplayPort to USB-C and Thunderbolt, and can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM and up to 6TB of storage space. The Darter Pro, meanwhile, can be built out with 32GB of RAM and up to 2TB of storage, and features up to 10 hours of battery life. As you’re reading this, both machines should be up for pre-order now with System76’s Coreboot-powered open source firmware. Will Coreboot Ship On Other System76 Machines? Don Watkins at OpenSource.com asked this question, and System76 responded by saying: “Yes. Long term, System76 is working to open source all aspects of the computer. Thelio Io, the controller board in the Thelio desktop, is both open hardware and open firmware. This is a long journey but we're picking up speed. It's been less than a year since the our open hardware Thelio desktop was released and we're now producing two laptops with System76 Open Firmware.” What About A System76 Machine I Already Own? I asked the company about the possibility of users installing the Coreboot open firmware on their existing System76 machines. Here’s the official answer: "At this time, open firmware will only be available on the new Galago (galp4) and Darter Pro (darp6). System76 is looking into the ability to bring open firmware to our our previous models but we do not know when or if this will be an option. Should it become available, we will update our customers on these products with a firmware update using our firmware manager to move them to open firmware." Source
  3. Entroware Updates Its Linux Laptops with 8th Gen Intel CPUs, Nvidia RTX Graphics Entroware informs Softpedia about some recent hardware updates the UK-based computer company managed to bring to several of its Linux-powered laptop lineups. Entroware currently sells up to eight Linux laptops, namely the 14" Apollo, 14" Orion, 15" Aether, 15" Kratos, 16" Zeus, 17" Athena, 17" Helios, and 17" Hybris. The British computer company has recently updated the hardware components of the Athena, Helios, Proteus, and Zeus laptops with latest Nvidia GeForce RTX 20-series graphics and 8th and 9th Gen Intel CPUs. While the Proteus laptop received 8th Gen Intel CPUs upgrade, allowing customers to buy it with either the Intel Core i5 8265U or Intel Core i7 8565U processors, both featuring 4 cores and 8 threads, the Athena and Zeus laptops can now be purchased with an Intel Core i7 8750H processor featuring 6 cores and 12 threads. On the other hand, the Helios laptop now features 9th Gen Intel CPUs, as customers can choose to configure and buy it with either the Intel Core i5 9600K processor with 6 cores, Intel Core i7 9700K processor with 8 cores, or Intel Core i9 9900K processor with 8 cores and 16 threads. The Athena, Helios, and Zeus laptops also got Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060/2070/2080 graphics cards featuring up to 8GB memory. It should be noted the fact that the Zeus laptop can only be purchased with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics card. Also, it would appear that the Helios laptop now features a 16GB RAM option and the Proteus laptop a 8GB RAM and 120GB SSD options.Now shipping with Ubuntu18.04 LTS pre-installedAll four laptops are now shipping with the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system installed by default, though that can choose to have it shipped with the Ubuntu MATE 18.04 LTS flavor featuring the lightweight MATE desktop environment, as well as the newer Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) or the Ubuntu MATE 18.10 flavor. You can purchase the updated Athena, Helios, Proteus, and Zeus laptops from Entroware's online store starting today. The company ships to various European countries including Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. There, you'll be able to configure each laptop with the components you want it to be delivered. Proteus laptop Helios laptop Athena laptop Zeus laptop Source
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