[lug] Experience with System76

Daniel Weflen danweflen at gmail.com
Wed Nov 16 13:39:56 MST 2016

I asked their testing engineer about this at the Yakety Yak release party a
month or so ago. According to him, they use off-the-shelf components, and
then test the hell out of them. They do write and/or modify drivers for the
hardware that they use, but they push those changes back to the main linux
kernel. They install stock Ubuntu.

While they only officially support Ubuntu, one of the founders of
ElementaryOS works there and tests it on all of their computers before they
release a new version.

On Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 9:47 AM, Jed S. Baer <blug at jbaer.cotse.net> wrote:

> On Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:30:51 -0700
> Steve Sullivan wrote:
> > Years ago I asked system76 if they had special drivers for their
> > hardware, and they said yes.  So at that time it meant a hassle
> > if I wanted to replace their linux with another.
> Not sure if that follows. What is "their" hardware? Don't they simply
> choose and repackage off-the-shelf components? They tout Nvidia for
> graphics adapters. These days, at least Ubuntu and its derivates make it
> easy to install the vendor blobs for that sort of stuff.
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