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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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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: nPHYN1T3more 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: 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: nPHYN1T3more 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.
scaine 22 Sep
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Quoting: slaapliedje
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: nPHYN1T3more 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.

Pretty sure you can turn Cosmos off with a couple of sliders in the control panel.
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Quoting: nPHYN1T3
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.
There is that. I probably like the wood concept in theory better than I would have liked it on those actual cases.
slaapliedje 7 days ago
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Quoting: scaine
Quoting: slaapliedje
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: nPHYN1T3more 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.

Pretty sure you can turn Cosmos off with a couple of sliders in the control panel.
I think you could do that with the earlier releases that were still 'Gnome with Tiling' it was basically an extension. With 22.04, which I think is their first real release of Cosmos, it's a whole new DE. I don't know this for sure though (hence phrasing it as 'I think...') Would like to be shown I am wrong.

Of note; the reason I'd like to do this is the absurd amount of effort Ubuntu is going through to force it's users to use snapd. Like if you have the gnome-software-plugin-snaps (or whatever it's called) installed at all, it wouldn't even allow me to install from flatpak, I had to purge all snapd stuff.


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nPHYN1T3 7 days ago
Quoting: scaineweirdly aggressively rude

That's an odd take on a school yard spin on the name. It was meant to be comical but also on point, Pop_OS is a pretty horrible distro. There is a lot more that differentiates POP_OS from others, it's not just "just Gnome with tiling features and a dock." This is why every time I've tried it it's been brutally broken where a meh Ubuntu build works just fine. Plus anything based on Gnome gets a 100% NOPE for me. GTK has been broken by design for years now for specific things and Gnome doesn't care as they push for their Apple like organizational "direction." Due to that I won't even try anything Gnome / GTK based anymore because it is broken on my hardware config...by design.


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nPHYN1T3 7 days ago
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: nPHYN1T3
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: nPHYN1T3
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.
There is that. I probably like the wood concept in theory better than I would have liked it on those actual cases.

Yeah to me if they wanted to do wood put all that "Made in America with American craftsmenship" schpeel to work with a real wood case that negates the fact wood is an insulator. Now you have a selling point and a gorgeous looking machine (so long as their wood choices aren't as crappy as the component choices they give you.)
scaine 6 days ago
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Quoting: nPHYN1T3
Quoting: scaineweirdly aggressively rude

That's an odd take on a school yard spin on the name. It was meant to be comical but also on point, Pop_OS is a pretty horrible distro. There is a lot more that differentiates POP_OS from others, it's not just "just Gnome with tiling features and a dock." This is why every time I've tried it it's been brutally broken where a meh Ubuntu build works just fine. Plus anything based on Gnome gets a 100% NOPE for me. GTK has been broken by design for years now for specific things and Gnome doesn't care as they push for their Apple like organizational "direction." Due to that I won't even try anything Gnome / GTK based anymore because it is broken on my hardware config...by design.

I've said this before, and I'm pretty passionate about it - the last thing a tiny niche needs is half of that niche shitting on the other half for reasons that don't even affect them. You don't use Gnome, or rate it? Fine. But poking childish names at the whole distro and indeed, one of the extremely rare corporate sponsors of Linux as a whole? It's just not necessary.

Not saying that criticism isn't valid or welcome, but that's not what you were doing. "GTK is broken" and "broken by design", is also about as helpful, insightful and constructive as calling the whole distro "PukeOS". It's just petty and it diminishes the entire Linux ecosystem unnecessarily.
nPHYN1T3 6 days ago
[quote=scaine]
Quoting: nPHYN1T3
Quoting: scaineweirdly aggressively rude

That's an odd take on a school yard spin on the name. It was meant to be comical but also on point, Pop_OS is a pretty horrible distro. There is a lot more that differentiates POP_OS from others, it's not just "just Gnome with tiling features and a dock." This is why every time I've tried it it's been brutally broken where a meh Ubuntu build works just fine. Plus anything based on Gnome gets a 100% NOPE for me. GTK has been broken by design for years now for specific things and Gnome doesn't care as they push for their Apple like organizational "direction." Due to that I won't even try anything Gnome / GTK based anymore because it is broken on my hardware config...by design.

Well I could say a lot but it still comes back to you like it and I would like to like it but it's just whack and useless for what I need/do. Good you like it, they need people like you because they sure aren't appealing to whatever part of the market I'm in. Linux or not there is nothing appealing there and while you might take offense to my remarks it might be the kind of thing they look for to better hone their products...or not since they are marketing to you and not me.


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