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After recently releasing their own in-house designed Thelio desktop system, System76 have announced they're giving away some funding to open source projects from laptop sales.

The projects include KiCad, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Free Software Foundation (FSF), and the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA). "We picked these four projects to represent a wide array of efforts within open source initiatives." Says Louisa Bisio at System76.

From the press details, they told us that every single laptop purchase will enable a $10 donation and you can save $30-$100 anyway during the sale or up to $160-$370 with upgraded components.

See more on the official System76 website. Really nice to see a company give back to help others.

They also made this silly video to go along with it:

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scaine 8 November 2018 at 5:07 pm UTC
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That's an excellent video. Just the perfect amount of cheese. Love it!
Salvatos 8 November 2018 at 5:26 pm UTC
The last 5 seconds of that video were glorious.


Last edited by Salvatos at 8 November 2018 at 5:27 pm UTC
spayder26 8 November 2018 at 5:29 pm UTC
It's very sad, for a lot of potential customers, that prohibitive EU custom fees would make really hard to buy anything from USA companies directly.


Last edited by spayder26 at 8 November 2018 at 5:30 pm UTC
x_wing 8 November 2018 at 5:42 pm UTC
They should make a notebook with Ryzen cpu (one of the g series). Anyway, wish I could get one, but my current country laws will make the price way too high.
drlamb 8 November 2018 at 7:31 pm UTC
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x_wingThey should make a notebook with Ryzen cpu...

They added AMD CPUs in their desktops finally so one can dream!


Last edited by drlamb at 8 November 2018 at 7:32 pm UTC. Edited 3 times.
elmapul 8 November 2018 at 8:02 pm UTC
Sil_el_mot 8 November 2018 at 8:28 pm UTC
can smbd explain to me, why to buy a sytem76-laptop and not just a casual lenovo or smth like this?
i mean, they donate to open source projects, thats fine. but is this the only reason to buy system76?
liamdawe 8 November 2018 at 8:46 pm UTC
Sil_el_motcan smbd explain to me, why to buy a sytem76-laptop and not just a casual lenovo or smth like this?
i mean, they donate to open source projects, thats fine. but is this the only reason to buy system76?
Well, you're also keeping a Linux-focused business going for brownie points.
pb 8 November 2018 at 9:30 pm UTC
spayder26It's very sad, for a lot of potential customers, that prohibitive EU custom fees would make really hard to buy anything from USA companies directly.

Just find your local or EU-wide brand of Clevo laptops (e.g. Schenker in DE) and you'll get the same hardware. No idea if Pop OS does anything special to these computers, but I have Arch running on Clevo P651 and everything works perfectly apart from the webcam (which in all honesty I never actually tried to make work, currently the system just doesn't see it, might be a question of adding some kernel modules), but including the touchpad (which historically has been my biggest issue with Linux on laptops).

[edit] Just to be clear, the laptop is far from perfect in categories like temperatures and fan noise, what I mean by "perfectly" is that everything "just works" on Linux without much meddling.

[edit2] https://www.tuxedocomputers.com/ located in Germany seems to sell Clevos with Linux on board.


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xavi 8 November 2018 at 10:46 pm UTC
System76, Entroware, Tuxedo... all of them lack of AMD cpu and graphic options on laptops.
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