System76 Prepares for New Open-source Desktop Launch

System76 might not be the only Linux PC manufacturer on the market, but it's certainly one, if not the, top Linux PC companies around. Offering pre-built Linux laptops, servers, and desktops, System76 made the foray into the operating system space with its Pop!_OS, an Ubuntu derivative which concentrates on makers and do-it-yourself (DIY) fanatics. However, System76 isn't just providing a customized Linux distro. Now, the Denver, Colorado-based company prepares to launch a set of open-source desktops.

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Stay updated on Linux, maker projects, and open-source tech here at! What better way to announce a product launch than with storytelling and a spaceship launch. While the final hardware has yet to be announced, forthcoming System76 desktops are open-source and feature optimized airflow, open hardware, and a chassis molded by CEO Carl Richell. 

To gear up for its open-source desktop announcement, System76 provides a series of four animated videos, released weekly. These reveal design updates hidden inside a game element of the narrative. You'll find two characters in the four-part video series: there's Zoe, the Pop!_OS bot, and an engineer, Tenzen.

In each of the four shorts, Tenzen and Zoe visit worlds which show the opposite of open-source. Therefore, these videos not only offer insight into the forthcoming slew of open-source desktops System76 is poised to offer, but also an exploration of the value of open-source community. Check out the first video and stay tuned for more, as well as pre-orders starting in October 2018!

Moe Long

Moe Long is an editor, writer, and tech buff with a particular appreciation for Linux, Raspberry Pis, and retro gaming. When he's not hammering away at his keyboard, he enjoys running, reading, watching cinema, and listening to vinyl. You can read his writings on film and pop culture at and check out his thoughts on movies on the Celluloid Fiends podcast.

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