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System76 have today revealed a refreshed Oryx Pro laptop. The first to come from System76 that features both their System76 Open Firmware, System76 Embedded Controller Firmware and NVIDIA together. This was hinted at recently, when System76 engineer Jeremy Soller had mentioned they were working on it on Twitter.

Quite an exciting development, having a top Linux hardware vendor bring open source firmware that's built from coreboot and the EDK boot-loader to more models and with an NVIDIA GPU too so there's plenty of power involved. System76 said it "means that users get lightning fast boot times, enhanced security, and firmware updates accessible through their operating system" plus "open source firmware gives a look inside the code, so users can keep track of what’s happening with their data".

Check out our gallery of pics, click below for more:

The System76 Embedded Controller Firmware is important too, available under the GPL3 that they told us "grants you access and control over important functionality, such as your keyboard, fans, and battery". All together, it's an exciting push for more control across more hardware. System76 just keep on impressing.

Actual specs:

Operating System

Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS (64-bit) or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (64-bit)

Processor

10th Gen Intel® Core i7-10875H, 2.3 up to 5.1 GHz – 16 MB cache – 8 cores – 16 threads

Display

15.6" or 17.3" FHD (1920x1080) 144 Hz refresh rate, Matte Finish

Graphics

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 2070, or 2080 Super

(NVIDIA driver currently unavailable on Windows)

Memory

Up to 64 GB dual-channel DDR4 @ 3200 MHz, 8GB DDR4 as standard

Storage

2 x M.2 (SATA or PCIe NVMe), Up to 4 TB total

Expansion

USB 3.2 Type-C with Thunderbolt 3, 3 x USB 3.2 (1 x powered USB, AC/DC), SD Card Reader

Input

Multitouch Touchpad, Multi-Color Backlit Chicklet US QWERTY Keyboard

Networking

Gigabit Ethernet, Intel® Wireless Wi-Fi 6 AX + Bluetooth

Video Ports

1 x HDMI (w/HDCP), 1 x Mini DisplayPort (1.4), 1 x Thunderbolt 3

Audio

2-in-1 Audio Jack (Microphone / S/PDIF Optical output), 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Microphone), Stereo Speakers

Camera

1.0M HD Video Camera

Security

Disabled ME, Kensington® Lock

Battery

Embedded 3 cell Polymer battery pack 73Wh

Charger

180 Watts, AC-in 100~240V, 50~60Hz

Dimensions

Dependent on display size (Height × Width × Depth):

15.6": 0.78" x 14.07" x 9.37" (19.81 x 357.38 x 238.00 mm)

17.3": 0.78" x 15.60" x 10.43" (19.81 x 396.24 x 264.92 mm)

With NVIDIA's expanded PRIME support on Linux now, the Pop!_OS Linux distribution from System76 allows the ability to easily toggle between Intel and NVIDIA giving the best of both worlds when you need it. For a laptop, it's a bit of a beast and for gaming that looks pretty ideal.

Learn more on System76.com, they said it will be available starting today. You can see all their open source tech used on GitHub.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: Hardware, NVIDIA
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Shmerl 25 Jun
Waiting for AMD based laptop with Coreboot.
Beamboom 25 Jun
Wow that's some serious spec! Wonder what price we're looking at here.

Also, if there are any Norwegian distributors for it.
I will take Coreboot over a fully closed source BIOS but the fact they rely on closed source blobs to make it work still angers me any time they want to slap the open source tag on it. The same can be said for many things, the Linux kernel included. It's all open source ! Except for the parts that aren't....... Just sad what we have had to settle for due to hardware manufacturers.
shawnsterp 25 Jun
Quoting: BeamboomWow that's some serious spec! Wonder what price we're looking at here.

Base price is a little over $1600 USD. Also, upgrades are reasonable. It has been a LONG time since I looked at buying a laptop new, but that seems pretty good to me.
Eike 25 Jun
While I'm all happy with Nvidia personally, "Coreboot, Open Controller Firmware and NVIDIA" sounds like a strange combination. Who's eager on having even their BIOS open (all fine with that, don't get me wrong) and still wants their GPU drivers closed?
raneon 25 Jun
Open source Firmware and then Nvidia? If I want enhanced security, then Nvidia blobs are a no-go.
Alm888 25 Jun
Sadly, what I need is a good lightweight compact and *portable* 10" netbook as my current "Samsung N308" has become really outdated.
And as for a "Beast of a PC", my current desktop serves me well, thank you very much.
Quoting: Alm888Sadly, what I need is a good lightweight compact and *portable* 10" netbook as my current "Samsung N308" has become really outdated.
And as for a "Beast of a PC", my current desktop serves me well, thank you very much.
Sadly there are only detachables left in the 10" category. I once had a Dell Netbook, even switched the HDD with an SSD and upgraded its RAM to 2 GiB. But the CPU (Atom N450) was just too slow even for web browsing (although the trend to responsive web design effected readability enormously on the 1024x600 display).

I bought a refurbished Thinkpad A285 some time ago. It's a bit wider and longer but only half as thick and weighs nearly the same, so portability is okay for me. And is has more than enough oomph.
DMG 25 Jun
I really don't like price and warranty. I mean, in Europe all laptops come with 2 year warranty, but here I have to pay extra money for that. And because service centres are not in my country, I believe, I would have to send them back laptop and wait a long time before I will get it back. That's really not looking good for that price


Last edited by DMG on 25 June 2020 at 8:23 pm UTC
vskye 26 Jun
I'm still waiting for a AMD 4000 series laptop.
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