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System76 announce more Linux laptop models get open source firmware

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System76, the Pop!_OS Linux distribution maker and hardware vendor for laptops, desktops and servers has announced another open source firmware push.

Announced on Twitter, the official account mentioned that the Gazelle and the Adder WS models are joining the ranks and if you own them you can switch them over to their open source firmware right now. Not only that, their Darter Pro laptop model will get an automatic update to move it over to their open source EC (Embedded Controller) firmware. You can see here how to move your devices over.

Founder and CEO of System76, Carl Richell, announced on Twitter: "I highly recommend switching to System76 Open Firmware if you have one of these models. Not only is your firmware largely liberated from proprietary code, your laptop will boot faster and you'll start seeing integrations between hardware (through this firmware) and Pop!_OS.".

Great to see System76 continue to upgrade existing models with more open source, it's part of what helps to set them apart as a vendor. System76 are quickly becoming more like an all-in-one solution, you could say a little Apple-like perhaps with them moving to control the entire experience. We need more of this care and attention to all the details - now if only they had some truly affordable models too it would nicely round-out their selection of Linux hardware.

System76 currently have a 'launch into learning' sale on their store, with some nice discounts going on their hardware until the end of September.

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Arehandoro Sep 22, 2020
Awesome news! Will those integrations be available for other distros? I wish Pop_OS! was based on Debian instead of Ubuntu, I think I would like it more.
chorn Sep 22, 2020
Coreboot, flashable with fwupd would be nice, and make it easier to use other distros.. but I think System76 still uses their own flashing tools.
Shmerl Sep 22, 2020
Are any of them using AMD or not yet?
Spirimint Sep 23, 2020
Haha i just plan to buy the gazelle. Can anybody tell me if NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti has vulkan?
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