Pangolin Laptop by System76 Gets Ryzen 6800U Upgrade, Bigger Battery
The Pangolin laptop by System76 gets a workout in for the new year, sporting a Ryzen 6800U processor, DDR5 memory, higher refresh rate, larger battery, and other upgrades.
Pop!_OS Enables ZRAM, Increasing Available RAM and Improving Game Performance
System76’s Pop!_OS distribution now enables ZRAM. This is thanks to Pop!_OS developer Michael Murphy. Per the Tweet from the official Pop!_OS account, this will increase “the amount of free memory your system has available.” Supposedly this adds “increased FPS in games, or faster simulations and compiler runs,” especially on systems with a low amount of RAM. Someone on the pull request commented that on a PC with 8 GB RAM, the result of ZRAM enablement was “a solid boost from sometimes 80 FPS to 120 FPS (my refresh rate) and other times from 80 FPS to 90 FPS.
System76 Launches the Launch Heavy Keyboard
If you’re looking for a keyboard, System76 has every option out there. Whether you want the standard Launch, the Launch Lite for a more affordable keyboard without the USB hub, or want to have as many features as possible with the new Launch Heavy, your bases have been covered. Apparently the Launch Heavy has been around for the past few weeks, even though the embargo lift date wasn’t until today. At any rate, here’s the features it has over the standard launch:
A Look at the Thelio Desktop by System76
The Thelio by System76 is an impressive-looking desktop. It comes in a black finish, mostly rectangular in shape, and is very mimimalistic in design. A few months ago, the Thelio went through a redesign. Instead of the accent going around part of the front and the entire right side, it is now just a small sliver at the front. It’s also user-replaceable; users can take it out and replace with a different design if they so choose.
Thelio Desktop by System76 Now Has Customizable Accent
Back in September, System76 unveiled their newly-designed Thelio desktops, with swappable front accents. There were a few designs to choose from, but now it’s possible to create your own. The idea was inspired by GloriousEggroll’s customized Thelio design. Today, System76 introduces the Thelio Maker Accent, a DIY accent for users to add their own personal spin to their PC. A blank aluminum slate, users are free to paint, etch, gloss, or adhere objects to.
Thelio Major Desktop by System76 Gets Case Redesign
The Thelio Major by System76 is their “most powerful gaming system, placing some of the largest GPUs on the market in a machine engineered for quiet, effective cooling.” Today, the case gets a redesign. First, the I/O shield on the back is now removable. This allows the user to replace the motherboard with a different one if they so desire. Though this is for the Major, “other Thelio models” should get this feature as well in the future.
HP Dev One - Guest Review by ChimeraOS Developer
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to LGC’s first guest article, proudly written by my good friend Matthew Anderson, one of the developers behind the ChimeraOS distribution! Note: this review has received minor edits for spelling/grammar fixes. If you were looking for a Linux laptop that has all AMD hardware, or simply looking for a laptop designed around Linux in general, the HP Dev One tries to meet those needs in many ways.
Thelio Desktop by System76 Gets AMD Ryzen 7000 and Intel 13th-Gen CPU Upgrades
The Thelio desktop family by System76 recently got a visual refresh. Now the base Thelio, as well as the Thelio Mira, are receiving a refresh in the processor department. Previously, if you went with Intel, you would have a 12th-gen processor. For AMD, you had the Ryzen 5000 series. Now, Intel has been upgraded to 13th-gen. Per the press documentation, this new CPU clocks in “about 40% faster with multithreaded tasks” over the previous generation.
Oryx Pro Laptop by System76 Gets 4K OLED Screen and DDR5 Upgrade
The folks over at System76 have been quite busy. A few months ago the Oryx Pro got Alder Lake processors and RTX 30-series Ti GPUs. And just last week they released the new version of the Thelio desktop with swappable accents. Now they’ve upgraded the Oryx Pro once more, both in terms of the screen and the RAM. The RAM has been upgraded from DDR4 to DDR5. According to the press documentation, this newer class of RAM boasts “50 percent faster transfer speeds” over the previous generation while drawing less power.
Thelio Desktop by System76 Gets a New Visual Overhaul with Swappable Accents
The Thelio product family from System76 is a series of desktops “that’s powerful, compact, quiet, beautiful, upgradable, backed by liftime support, and manufactured in the United States.” First launched in December of 2018, the Thelio has received several revisions based on customer feedback. It’s now gone through another revision in the visual department, starting today. The wood veneer on the front of the chassis has been replaced with a “slimmer, sleeker accent panel.