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Linux on Kaby Lake: System76 now offers 7th generation Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GTX 10-series GPUs

The Bonobo WS is the highest-tier notebook available from System76 and features the latest from Intel and NVIDIA. (Source: System76)
The Bonobo WS is the highest-tier notebook available from System76 and features the latest from Intel and NVIDIA. (Source: System76)
System76 sells laptops running Ubuntu, an open-source Linux distribution. The company has recently started selling modern notebooks with Kaby Lake CPUs and the latest graphics cards from NVIDIA.

System76 is perhaps the most popular Linux laptop retailer. The company has made a name for itself selling notebooks that offer a wide array of component choice and run the latest version of Ubuntu. It’s good to see, then, that System76 is keeping pace with its Windows-based rivals and selling notebooks with Kaby Lake processors and GPUs from NVIDIA’s GTX 10 series.

The Lemur, System76’s entry-level ultrabook, has been available for sale with a Kaby Lake Core i3 or i7 for a few months now. It’s a decent enough notebook geared towards users who like Linux but don’t need lots of raw power. Higher end options, such as the Oryx Pro or Serval WS, offer more power. Until recently, they were stuck with last gen Skylake chips. Now, prospective buyers can configure the devices with the latest Kaby Lake processors and an NVIDIA GTX 1060, 1070, or 1080 (depending on the model).

Users that need some serious power can opt for the Bonobo WS. Based on the Clevo P870DM3-G (the same body as Schenker’s XMG U727), the Bonobo can be specced all the way up to a Core i7-7700K overclockable desktop CPU, 64 GB of RAM, 2 TB of NVMe storage, 8 TB of SATA SSD storage, and two GTX 1080 graphics cards. Get ready for the sticker shock: getting that much power in a (somewhat) portable Linux package will cost upwards of $9,800.

System76 offers their notebooks with Ubuntu 16.04 (which just got an update) or 16.10 and fully support the machines and OS for at least a year. In a world where high-end laptops are almost exclusively running Windows, it’s always interesting to see what’s happening in the land of Linux. Looks like the open-source OS is keeping pace just fine.

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Sam Medley, 2017-02-17 (Update: 2017-02-17)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.