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Hey, I like any Linux Distro that can spot my Ryzen™ 5 3400G APU on the ‘Apevia’ Linux test build! Spotted the Wi-Fi immediately on the ‘Antec Sr.’ Intel Core i5-6600K test build, but took a few reboots to get Wi-Fi spotted by the Ryzen™ build…maybe the Pop!_OS 19.10 version works better (I’m testing the 18.04 LTS version). Pop!_OS is a Ubuntu-based Distro.
This was the first time that I really checked out the System76 website … tho I have noticed their products for some time now. Pop!_OS does look a little ‘bare’ to me, here’s what they say about that:
Pop!_OS gets out of your way, maximizing screen real estate for your projects and communications. Organize your workflow with advanced window management, workspaces, and keyboard shortcuts for navigation.
We make powerful Linux computers to help you do more, go further, and unleash your potential.
They do have some powerful computers, and apparently not just for Workstations. Jason Evangelho points out that a System76 computer running the Pop!_OS is also a great gaming combo – 3 Reasons Why Pop!_OS Is The Best Ubuntu-Based Linux Distribution. That’s a really good article, and points out System76 is “Incentivized To Make New Hardware “Just Work”” – a move away from the standard old Linux ‘Sales Line’ that it works great on old computers. Why have an old computer when you can buy a new one really cheap…hey, catch a good laptop for less than $300 prior to the start of the new school year, i.e. ‘School-Time’. I don’t trust the old displays on those refurbished laptops, and they cost as much or more than a new one that is on sale. Sales on great desktops can be found all year long! Build your own, if you have the time. I have a 2006 MoBo & 2009 MoBo sitting in a shed – both with processors and memory…just old hardware, and not worth my time anymore. This Pop!_OS has great ‘Hardware Recognition’ … much better than most Linux Distros I have tested.
System76 prices look high, but they are custom built Linux computers…looks like no option for Windows 10:
Just their Pop!_OS or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
Motherboard and an “Io daughterboard” … yeah, these people are building something more akin to a Workstation than a gaming computer. Their cheapest desktop starts out at $899, with weaker components than my ‘Apevia’ Ryzen™ 5 3400G APU (they use Ryzen 3 3200G APU) build which ended up costing me about $350; however, Ryzen™ builds can be a pain. I had 16GB ram, they have 8GB. I did a quick configuring and the price jumped to $1,995 for a Ryzen 7 3800X, 16GB ram, 250GB NVMe drive, and a GeForce RTX 2060 Super.
Anyway, they have a plan that includes focusing on certain markets, and looks like they work hard at building the computer and OS.