Many of you probably think of an operating system when you read something about System76. The Colorado-based company creates several products, among which is the operating system POP! _OS, but it also manufactures computers like two new ones that are already available for pre-order. If these new teams are news worthy of being published, it is because they have made a change that may not appeal to everyone equally.
The computers that can be reserved since yesterday are the Galaga Pro and Darter Pro. Both teams arrive with Coreboot instead of BIOS traditional, open source firmware designed to be light on code and to enhance security. On the other hand, it also allows the operating system to boot 29% faster, something that I personally think is more of a specification for marketing than something really useful in an operating system that already boots fast by nature.
System76's Coreboot boots 29% faster than BIOS
What both computers also share is the operating system, being able to choose between POP! _OS 19.10, POP! _OS 18.04 and Ubuntu 18.04. The System76 system is based on Ubuntu, so all three options are distributions based on Canonical's operating system. It is striking that one of the options is Eoan Ermine, but it does not appeal so much if we think that, when they start shipping, Ubuntu 19.10 will have already been officially released.
As for the specifications, both share most of them, being available with 5th generation i7-iXNUMX processors, with 1920 × 1080 resolution and the possibility of expanding the RAM up to 32GB of RAM, but the Darter has some strengths such as a larger screen (14 ″ the Galaga and 15.6 ″ the Darter), a brighter keyboard, higher battery and better audio system, but it also weighs a bit more (300g more).
As for the starting price, They are for $ 949 and $ 999, the Darter can reach $ 2.131 if we expand the RAM, the hard drive to the maximum option and choose the i7 processor. The main problem I see is that at the moment there are only American or British keyboard options.
Without a doubt, these are interesting teams, but, as usual, at the time of its launch it is not worth it outside of Anglo-Saxon countries. Would you be interested if / when it is available with the keyboard of your country?