I don’t hide it, I am a big System76 fan. In fact, I have two of their notebooks, and even though I would have preferred a desktop from them for my main machine, I needed to compromise because they don't ship them to my location, apparently, something to do with the modem.
Anyhow, as a System76 fanboy I always keep an eye on what is new and what's coming. And System76 finally listens to some Linux fans out there, to deliver an AMD Ryzen Laptop.
Keep in mind most Linux notebooks run on Intel hardware and use Nvidia graphics cards. And privacy advocates, Linux fans and people who are just seeking an AMD powerhouse have been waiting for their hardware to be incorporated for a while. I have seen the comments on most launches of Starlabs and System76 notebooks and most comments on Twitter or reddit start with "Cool, but Ryzen when?“
Jeremy Soller, the engineer of System76, has been working diligently on a Coreboot version for Renoir. What does that mean? More privacy and no BIOS proprietary junk plus the significantly faster boot and resume-from-standby times.
Unfortunately, unlike the Lemur Pro the new Pangolin is not yet ready for Coreboot. Bummer!
That said, the Pangolin is released, and it's a beast. It comes with two configurations:
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U: 2.3GHz base/4.0GHz boost, 6 cores/6 threads
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U: 2.0GHz base/4.1GHz boost, 8 cores/8 threads
Once you choose a processor, you can choose up to 64 GB DDR4 RAM and a 240 GB SSD or an NVMe drive up to 2 TB
The Pangolin features a 15.6" FHD screen with a matte finish, one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, and two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, giving you lots of connectivity options. There's also a MicroSD card reader too.
The Pangolin is the lightest of System76 15-inch laptops, weighting in at 3.65 pounds (1.66 kg).
The laptop comes fin at a bargain price starting at $849
“Our customers have long been asking for a lightweight, versatile laptop fully powered by AMD, we believe the Pangolin answers this demand with its sleek lightweight design and easily upgradable components. It’s definitely a fantastic addition to our line.”
~ Sam Mondlick, VP of Sales
Of course this is all running on Pop!OS 20.10 (64-bit), Pop!OS 20.04 LTS (64-bit), or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (64-bit) out of the box.
I want to add that Pop!OS 20.10 is just a dream and easy to use for people who are new to Linux. System76 also makes all updates including for firmware a smooth and easy experience. In fact, I believe that people who've never had Linux will find this or any System76 lap or desktop the perfect first step into a more private world.
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