The hardware vendor specializing in Linux systems has set a date for its latest venture. Their new Thelio desktop systems will be available for preorder soon.
For those of you unaware of System76 [Official Site], they’ve been selling Linux-powered laptops, mini computers and servers for a few years now and have even created their own Ubuntu derivative named Pop!_OS. Last month they started teasing their newest project, Thelio, which aims to be an open hardware desktop system.
Details on what the hardware will entail specifically are still a little light, and we’ll likely only know for sure when the system goes up for preorder, but there’s a few things that we can say for sure. In reply to a tweet sent by Liam asking whether or not they’d have a custom motherboard, the CEO clarified that “we’re pulling proprietary functionality off the mainboard and onto a custom, open source (hardware and firmware) daughter board.”
This open firmware will be GPLv3-licensed and you can already check out the master repository for the Thelio on GitHub. Personally, I can’t really make much heads or tails of the various bits of code and teaser blueprints and hardware schematics that System76 and its CEO have been posting in the last few weeks but I can say that I am excited to see a hardware vendor work on their own custom solutions for the Linux desktop.
I suppose we’ll just have to see what the prices are like when preorders go live November 1. Systems are expected to be shipped in December of this year. You may also want to check out the animated saga that System76 have created around Thelio.