• System76

    From WitNik@VERT/BGGRSCYN to All on Fri Feb 19 20:27:15 2021
    Anyone have any positive or negative experiences with System76 hardware? I'm thinking about giving them a shot when I replace my desktop.

    -WitNik

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  • From Dr. What@VERT/DMINE to WitNik on Sat Feb 20 10:20:00 2021
    WitNik wrote to All <=-

    Anyone have any positive or negative experiences with System76
    hardware? I'm thinking about giving them a shot when I replace my
    desktop.

    I've been buying System76 for many years now and I've always been happy with what I've gotten.

    I recently food-chained my old System76 laptop (10 years old) that I upgraded to use an SSD. It's still going strong.

    My System76 desktop is at least 6 years old now.

    And just last year, I purchased a System76 DarterPro to replace my old laptop. No problems there either.

    All I do for maintenance is keep up with my Ubuntu updates and upgrade to the new releases as they come out (usually I wait about a month, though).


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  • From Dumas Walker@VERT/CAPCITY2 to WITNIK on Sat Feb 20 09:22:00 2021
    Anyone have any positive or negative experiences with System76 hardware? I'm th
    nking about giving them a shot when I replace my desktop.

    No, but I do have a Zareason laptop that has been reliable for 6 years now (knock on wood). When I was shopping, System76 seemed to be a little
    higher priced than Zareason's similar offerings. If I ever found myself in need of a new machine, I would check System76 out again.


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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to WitNik on Sat Feb 20 07:53:00 2021
    WitNik wrote to All <=-

    Anyone have any positive or negative experiences with System76
    hardware? I'm thinking about giving them a shot when I replace my
    desktop.

    Their laptops were rock-solid, great driver support for Linux and Windows. I considered using their laptops and Dell XPS 13/15s for a desktop linux initiative at my company a few years back.

    Don't know about their desktops, but their reputation precedes them.


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  • From Tracker1@VERT/TRN to WitNik on Sat Feb 20 17:45:03 2021
    On 2/19/2021 9:27 PM, WitNik wrote:
    Anyone have any positive or negative experiences with System76
    < hardware? I'm thinking about giving them a shot when I replace
    my desktop.

    Not a big fan of their current desktops, the cooling is not the
    greatest, but they look nice, and the support is great.
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  • From WitNik@VERT/BGGRSCYN to Dr. What on Sun Feb 21 16:51:22 2021
    Re: Re: System76
    By: Dr. What to WitNik on Sat Feb 20 2021 10:20 am

    WitNik wrote to All <=-

    Anyone have any positive or negative experiences with System76 hardware? I'm thinking about giving them a shot when I replace my desktop.

    I've been buying System76 for many years now and I've always been happy with what I've gotten.

    I recently food-chained my old System76 laptop (10 years old) that I upgraded to use an SSD. It's still going strong.

    My System76 desktop is at least 6 years old now.

    And just last year, I purchased a System76 DarterPro to replace my old laptop. No problems there either.

    All I do for maintenance is keep up with my Ubuntu updates and upgrade to the new releases as they come out (usually I wait about a month, though).


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    Dr. What,

    Thank you for replying! I'm a big fan of mini pcs and I'm looking to upgrade. I know I could probably source and build a NUC cheaper than System76 is charging for Meerkat (v5), but I like the though of helping out a small business that support the open source community. I'm glad to hear you've had a great experience with them.

    -WitNik

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  • From WitNik@VERT/BGGRSCYN to Dumas Walker on Sun Feb 21 16:54:55 2021
    Re: System76
    By: Dumas Walker to WITNIK on Sat Feb 20 2021 09:22 am

    No, but I do have a Zareason laptop that has been reliable for 6 years now (knock on wood). When I was shopping, System76 seemed to be a little
    higher priced than Zareason's similar offerings. If I ever found myself in need of a new machine, I would check System76 out again.

    I've never heard of Zareason, but I'm actually looking to upgrade a desktop and am a fan of Mini PCs. I currently have a very old Gigabyte Brix that has been super-reliable and is still kicking with an SSD and Linux, but I'd like to get something a little more powerful. I know that I could probably source an Intel NUC (which I think the Meerkat 5 is, but rebadged) cheaper, but I liked the idea of helping out a small business that contributes back to the open source community. I'll have to check out Zareason though!

    Thanks for replying,
    -WitNik

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  • From WitNik@VERT/BGGRSCYN to poindexter FORTRAN on Sun Feb 21 16:57:25 2021
    Re: Re: System76
    By: poindexter FORTRAN to WitNik on Sat Feb 20 2021 07:53 am

    Their laptops were rock-solid, great driver support for Linux and Windows. I considered using their laptops and Dell XPS 13/15s for a desktop linux initiative at my company a few years back.
    Don't know about their desktops, but their reputation precedes them.

    Thanks for replying! Yeah, I keep hearing great things about what they are doing, as well as their support after-the-sale. I thought I might give them a try.

    The Thelios desktops seem a bit over-kill for my needs, but the Meerkat is a good fit for my use cases. Also, on the Thelios, while I love the design of the case internally, I don't know how I feel about the wood panels. =)

    -WitNik

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  • From WitNik@VERT/BGGRSCYN to Tracker1 on Sun Feb 21 16:58:09 2021
    Re: Re: System76
    By: Tracker1 to WitNik on Sat Feb 20 2021 05:45 pm

    < hardware? I'm thinking about giving them a shot when I replace
    my desktop.

    Not a big fan of their current desktops, the cooling is not the

    Are you refering to the Thelios or the Meerkat on the cooling?

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  • From paulie420@VERT/BEERS20 to Dumas Walker on Tue Feb 23 09:31:00 2021
    No, but I do have a Zareason laptop that has been reliable for 6 years
    now (knock on wood). When I was shopping, System76 seemed to be a little higher priced than Zareason's similar offerings. If I ever found myself in need of a new machine, I would check System76 out again.

    I think you'd have to, or at least look elsewhere, as Zareason has recently went out of business. :(



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  • From Dumas Walker@VERT/CAPCITY2 to WITNIK on Tue Feb 23 16:41:00 2021
    I've never heard of Zareason, but I'm actually looking to upgrade a desktop and
    am a fan of Mini PCs. I currently have a very old Gigabyte Brix that has been s
    per-reliable and is still kicking with an SSD and Linux, but I'd like to get so
    ething a little more powerful. I know that I could probably source an Intel NUC
    (which I think the Meerkat 5 is, but rebadged) cheaper, but I liked the idea of
    helping out a small business that contributes back to the open source community
    I'll have to check out Zareason though!

    I agree, especially in this day and age, it is good to be able to help out
    a small company that supports the community! Good luck with your search.

    P.S. There is a review of a System 76 laptop (not exactly what you are
    looking for, but...) today on osnews.com. It was near the top of the page
    this morning!


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  • From Dumas Walker@VERT/CAPCITY2 to PAULIE420 on Tue Feb 23 16:51:00 2021
    I think you'd have to, or at least look elsewhere, as Zareason has recently wen
    out of business. :(

    Rats! I really like my laptop. Another good thing about them was that you could choose from a few different *nix distros instead of just being stuck
    with only one or two that were offered. It was not an infinite list, but
    it had several choices when I ordered.

    How is that TV project coming along? I am still toying with the idea of setting up my own in-house TV station... have been ripping things from DVD
    and finding some PD stuff on the internet.


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  • From Dr. What@VERT/DMINE to paulie420 on Wed Feb 24 08:16:00 2021
    paulie420 wrote to Dumas Walker <=-

    I think you'd have to, or at least look elsewhere, as Zareason has recently went out of business. :(

    *sad* I never bought from them, but they were always on my possible list.

    But they were a California small business, which was the first strike against them (Lefties hate small businesses, for some reason).

    When I did a search about them, they said that they were heading downhill anyway
    and the scam-demic was the final straw.

    It's a bummer. Competition in the market place is always a good thing and
    now we have less of it.


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  • From hollowone@VERT/AMIGAC to WitNik on Wed Feb 24 16:11:00 2021
    Anyone have any positive or negative experiences with System76
    hardware? I'm thinking about giving them a shot when I replace my
    desktop.

    I didn't know such a thing exists. Great to see this is not only a product but also an open-source spec how to build your own. DYI culture forever! Thanks!

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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to Dumas Walker on Wed Feb 24 06:53:00 2021
    Dumas Walker wrote to PAULIE420 <=-

    Rats! I really like my laptop. Another good thing about them was that you could choose from a few different *nix distros instead of just
    being stuck with only one or two that were offered. It was not an infinite list, but it had several choices when I ordered.

    I thought that now the distros had reached hardware parity - have hardware that's supported by one distro and you could install another one without too much fear of lack of support, as long as you support non-free drivers as a fallback?




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  • From WitNik@VERT/BGGRSCYN to hollowone on Thu Feb 25 01:56:43 2021
    Re: Re: System76
    By: hollowone to WitNik on Wed Feb 24 2021 04:11 pm

    I didn't know such a thing exists. Great to see this is not only a product but also an open-source spec how to build your own. DYI culture forever! Thanks!

    For sure! I ended up getting an Intel Gen 10 NUC with an i5 that matched the System76 spec. I could source it at NewEgg.com for about $325 cheaper that what System76 wanted for it. Also, the forums seem to basically say the Meerkat (rev 5) is basically identitical to what I have with a branded case cover.

    I've just gotten my desk reconfigured for it and my other systems. Tomorrow I'm going through the OS on it =)

    -WitNik

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