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System76 reveal their new and improved Thelio desktop design

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Linux hardware vendor and Pop!_OS distro maker System76 have today revealed their brand new Thelio desktop design, and I must admit I continue to be jealous and feel like I just need to own this case.

There's multiple different versions of the Thelio with this new redesign so far (according to their press info) only available for the Thelio, Thelio Mira and Thelio Major. So what's new? They've replaced the whole wood veneer that wrapped around the chassis with a slimmer and sleeker accent panel. It gives the Thelio a refreshed standout look.

The inspiration for the design came from a peculiar place. "I was waiting in line for a COVID test," says Carl Richell, CEO of System76, "and I was staring at the wood trim in my car, wondering how long it would all take. I stared hard enough to the point where I started thinking about the wood-to-metal ratio, and how modern the design felt with only a little bit of wood." With the wood-to-metal ratio leaning more metal, a second etching of the Rocky Mountains has been added on the new metal side-panel.

We also have a fancy little commercial to go with the launch, which System76 say "shows how multifaceted the Linux community is"

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System76 also provided a couple of quick B-roll videos which I spliced together to give you another look at it:

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Check it all out on the System76 store.

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rcrit 20 Sep
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The case looks pretty but makes me really wonder how it gets any air into it at all. Maybe from the lower side panels. Oh, and no doors. The whole top appears to slide upwards. The accept panel seems cool though.
ahoneybun 20 Sep
Quoting: rcritThe case looks pretty but makes me really wonder how it gets any air into it at all. Maybe from the lower side panels. Oh, and no doors. The whole top appears to slide upwards. The accept panel seems cool though.

The air is pulled in from the bottom and pushed out though the back of the system.
I rather liked the woody look. I've had a computer since I was a kid (and I'm in my 50s); they're not a new whizzbang futuristic idea any more. A computer case is basically furniture. Most of my other furniture is wood. So I thought it was kind of refreshing for a computer case to go for that woody warmth.
denyasis 20 Sep
I think it looks nice. I'm a bit partial to the red and pink ones. I think it would go well with my furniture (splash off color can't hurt)
slaapliedje 21 Sep
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I still love the wood grain model, but could never justify the price. Also, last time I tried Pop_OS, it was a dumpster fire...
slaapliedje 22 Sep
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Quoting: Purple Library GuyI rather liked the woody look. I've had a computer since I was a kid (and I'm in my 50s); they're not a new whizzbang futuristic idea any more. A computer case is basically furniture. Most of my other furniture is wood. So I thought it was kind of refreshing for a computer case to go for that woody warmth.

While I can kinda relate to this there is also an element of "Oh gawd...it's a Buick Roadmaster!" or some throw up paneling from a rumpus room remodeled in the 70's.
I'm probably not one to talk, as even though there are many models and styles of the old 2600, I refuse to own any except the wood paneled heavy sixer, which I now have a second on the way :P


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slaapliedje 22 Sep
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Quoting: rcritThe case looks pretty but makes me really wonder how it gets any air into it at all. Maybe from the lower side panels. Oh, and no doors. The whole top appears to slide upwards. The accept panel seems cool though.

I think my problem with these things is that they don't provide a standard ATX back that you can pop out in case you want to upgrade the motherboard a few years from now when the current models are out of date.
scaine 22 Sep
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That's a beautiful looking case. Very tempted... but no need for a new PC right now. One to keep an eye on.

Quoting: Guestmore like Puke_OS!
Seriously? It's just Gnome with tiling features and a dock. No need to be weirdly aggressively rude about it.
slaapliedje 22 Sep
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Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: Guest
Quoting: Purple Library GuyI rather liked the woody look. I've had a computer since I was a kid (and I'm in my 50s); they're not a new whizzbang futuristic idea any more. A computer case is basically furniture. Most of my other furniture is wood. So I thought it was kind of refreshing for a computer case to go for that woody warmth.

While I can kinda relate to this there is also an element of "Oh gawd...it's a Buick Roadmaster!" or some throw up paneling from a rumpus room remodeled in the 70's.
I'm probably not one to talk, as even though there are many models and styles of the old 2600, I refuse to own any except the wood paneled heavy sixer, which I now have a second on the way :P

I don't have anything against the wood, I like wood. Problem is the original s76 wood just looks like crappy printed vaneer. It has that cheap tacky thing going on.

Uh huh huh, uh huh huh. you said you liked wood.
slaapliedje 22 Sep
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Quoting: scaineThat's a beautiful looking case. Very tempted... but no need for a new PC right now. One to keep an eye on.

Quoting: Guestmore like Puke_OS!
Seriously? It's just Gnome with tiling features and a dock. No need to be weirdly aggressively rude about it.

Nah, they janked it more with 22.04 and called it Cosmos or something. I tried installing it on my Thinkpad P52and it felt like I'd installed it on a 386 with an early VGA card! It was a slide show. Then randomly after trying to get it to update, it started working better... but then they built their packages to depend on not having gnormal gnome-session installed (like I tried installing their nvidia-prime package and it'd remove gnome and install cosmos) so I did what I didn't think I'd do... installed Ubuntu and ripped out snapd.

Sad as I really think that's a missing niche; a distribution that is released every 6 months with a new Gnome that is Debian based that doesn't have snapd. Basically Fedora; but Debian.
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