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  1. Linux computer manufacturer System76 launched today their first ever AMD powered Linux laptop, which features 3rd generation AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors and a cool price tag. A few weeks ago, TUXEDO Computers unveiled what they called the world’s first AMD-only Linux laptop, and now System76 follows in their footsteps to announce a new Linux laptop that’s powered by an AMD processor. Meet the 12th generation Serval WS. System76 Serval WS is now the first AMD laptop from the company known for numerous powerful Linux machines and the gorgeous, Ubuntu-based Pop_OS! Linux, which comes preloaded on all new computers manufactured by System76. In other words, customers can finally own an AMD-only Linux laptop from System76, powered by a 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processor. Available options include AMD Ryzen 5 3600, AMD Ryzen 7 3700X or AMD Ryzen 9 3900, providing up to 12 cores and 24 threads of pure AMD power under the hood. “AMD Ryzen CPUs offer the best bang for your buck, which is especially helpful when your work requires mountains of bang,” said System76. “Create 3D models, simulate transitions, and test your predictions at breakneck speeds with up to 12 CPU Cores on the AMD Ryzen 9 PRO 3900.” Apart from the powerful AMD CPUs, the new Serval WS laptop can be configured with either an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card, up to 64GB upgradeable RAM, and up to 4TB NVMe flash storage for desktop-level gaming performance. The laptop also features a beautiful 15.6-inch Full HD (1920×1080) 120 Hz display with a matte finish, a multi-color backlit chiclet US QWERTY keyboard, Gigabit Ethernet, Intel Wireless Wi-Fi 6, 1.0MP HD video camera, a multitouch touchpad, and a removable 6-cell smart Lithium-Ion battery. The Serval WS has base price of $1,299 USD, but can go as high as $5,102 USD with max options and 3-year warranty. Without further ado, you can configure and buy yours right now from System76’s online store. It comes with the latest Pop_OS! Linux 20.04 LTS or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS pre-installed. More Images at the source ! 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. System76 Unveils Refreshed Gazelle Linux Laptop with Nvidia GTX 16-Series GPUs System76, the premium Linux computer manufacturer, announced the availability of the refreshed Gazelle laptop line-up featuring the latest Nvidia GeForce GTX 16-series graphics and updated internals. Powered by 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, up to 64GB of RAM, and up to 8TB storage, the Gazelle laptop has been turned into a workhorse machine as System76 now targets media creation, as well as general consumption. Coming in 15-inch and 17-inch variants, the Gazelle laptop now ships with either the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics cards. "The Gazelle’s trifecta of CPU, GPU, and Memory gives content creators, gamers, animators, and designers a machine that can keep up with their graphics-heavy workloads," said System76. "Nvidia graphics are back on the Gazelle after a long hiatus, and we couldn’t be more excited. Just like on the Oryx Pro, users can now switch between Intel and NVIDIA graphics using a toggle in Pop!_OS."Technical specifications and availabilityTechnical specifications of the refreshed Gazelle laptop line-up include 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H processor at 2.6 GHz (up to 4.5 GHz) wit 12 MB cache, 6 cores, and 12 threads, up to 32 GB dual-channel DDR4 RAM at 2666 MHz for the model with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, and up to 64 GB dual-channel DDR4 RAM at 2666 MHz for the model with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU. The new Gazelle laptops feature 15-inch or 17-inch Full HD matte displays, multitouch touchpad, a multi-color backlit US QWERTY chiclet keyboard, an 1.0MP HD webcam, and a removable 4-cell smart Lithium-Ion battery. It also features 2xM.2 SATA or PCIe NVMe for up to 4TB NVMe storage or up to 8TB total storage with an optional 2.5-inch, 7mm height drive. Connectivity wise, the new Gazelle laptop line-up features Gigabit Ethernet, Intel Wireless-AC Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, DisplayPort over USB 3.1 Type C, 4 USB ports, up to 3 video ports, 2-in-1 audio jack (headphone and microphone), an additional mic jack, an SD card slot, and a HDMI port with HDCP support. Customers will be able to purchase the new Gazelle laptop line-up starting June 2019 with either System76's Pop!_OS 19.04 (64-bit) or Pop!_OS 18.04 LTS (64-bit) operating systems, or with the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (64-bit) operating system. The release date and price have not yet been announced, but you can be the first to find out when it's available by singing up in the official page. Gazelle laptop - keyboard view Gazelle laptop - left side ports Gazelle laptop back view Gazelle laptop on a desk Source
  4. System76 Launches Refreshed Oryx Pro Linux Laptop with RTX GPUs, Bigger Displays American computer manufacturer System76 has launched today a refreshed version of its Oryx Pro flagship Linux-powered laptop with latest technologies from Intel and Nvidia, as well as bigger displays. As we reported earlier this week, the Oryx Pro laptop has been refreshed with newer graphics and upgraded components. Following on the footsteps of the recently refreshed "Darter Pro" and "Serval WS" Linux laptops from System76, the Oryx Pro now features Nvidia RTX 20-series GPUs, 8th Gen Intel CPUs, larger screens, better speakers, as well as more memory and storage. Best of all, the new Oryx Pro models come with Nvidia Optimus support to make it easier for users to switch between the dedicated Nvidia graphics card and the integrated Intel GPU, thus also optimizing the performance of the laptop and the battery life, and are still available in a super thin aluminum alloy design. "This feature allows the user to move from processing high-demand actions to routine tasks, without wasting a minute of time or battery," said System76. "The laptop is designed for the user that demands massive computing power (i.e. Machine Learning and AI programming) in a portable, lightweight chassis."Under the hood of the new Oryx Pro laptopUnder the hood, the new Oryx Pro models ship with 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H processors running at frequencies from 2.2 GHz up to 4.1 GHz with 6 cores, 12 threads, and 9MB cache, either Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070, or Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards, and 16.1-inch and 17.3-inch FHD 144 Hz matte displays. The memory has also been beefed up to up to 32 GB dual-channel 3000 MHz DDR4, as well as the storage so you can get the Oryx Pro laptop with up to 8TB storage via two M.2 (SATA or PCIe NVMe) or one 2.5" 7mm drives. The laptop also features multi-color backlit chicklet keyboard, multitouch touchpad, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth, and a multitude of useful ports, including USB 3.1 Type C. As expected, customers will be able to buy a refreshed Oryx Pro laptop with either Pop!_OS 18.04 LTS, Pop!_OS 18.10, or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS operating systems pre-installed. For security reasons, all of System76's computers come with the Intel ME (Management Engine) feature disabled by default. You can configure and purchase a new Oryx Pro laptop right now from System76's online store at the starting price of $1,699.00 USD. New Oryx Pro laptop Under the hood of the new Oryx Pro laptop Refrshed Oryx Pro laptop Source
  5. System76 has finally unveiled the specifications and design for their Thelio desktop systems they have been teasing in recent weeks. Thelio is their start of what they say is an open-source computer albeit in its current stage it's far from being there. They have open-sourced some elements of the functionality and the chassis and other key elements they are manufacturing themselves are open-source so anyone can reproduce if they have the manufacturing capability, etc. But powering these systems are Intel Core or AMD Ryzen processors and at this time the key motherboard functionality isn't yet freed. It doesn't appear they are using Coreboot at this time for their BIOS / motherboard firmware. Newer Intel chips can work with Coreboot on some motherboards albeit with still relying upon the Intel FSP. AMD Ryzen meanwhile doesn't have any Coreboot support yet. These hand-crafted, built-in-the-US systems start out at $1099 for an AMD Ryzen or Intel Core CPU and options of Radeon or GeForce GPUs. The graphics card options are another interesting choice... They do offer AMD Radeon (Polaris) graphics card options with the open-source driver (granted, the AMDGPU firmware is binary-only) but they also offer GeForce RTX and TITAN V graphics card options that are not suitable at all for open-source driver usage. The newer NVIDIA GPUs don't work well at all on open-source or really anything post-Kepler right now . Many clients require access to CUDA hardware for professional and academic / research purposes. Those who don't require CUDA should opt for AMD hardware and their open source drivers though, of course. As far as the chassis, it looks quite nice and there are maple and walnut finishes. Pricing starts at $1099 USD for an AMD Ryzen 5 2400G desktop with 8GB of RAM and 250GB NVMe SSD and integrated Raven graphics. With the Thelio Major kit at $2299 USD is when there are Threadripper and Core-X CPU options or a dual Xeon option beginning at $2899 USD with Thelio Massive. Given they are a small hardware manufacturer, their pricing obviously still doesn't compete as well as tier-one OEM/ODMs or if you were to assemble the system(s) yourself. But these desktops do look very nice and appear to be of similar quality (or perhaps better, we haven't seen any Thelio hardware hands on yet) to other boutique PC manufacturers. Their open-source effort is at the beginnings and hopefully they will be able to sway more hardware vendors moving forward into providing open-source firmware, etc, while for now the open-source aspect is primarily the design of the chassis and other basic components. It's a nice start and those wishing to check out Thelio can find more pictures and data over on System76.com. Pre-orders has already started and will begin shipping in December. Source
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