Linux computer company System76 recently launched several new notebooks, most of which are high-power, expensive machines for folks that don’t mind lugging around a heavy laptop if it can handle some heavy-duty workloads.

But the company also has a new ultraportable notebook n the way. It’s called the Galago Pro, and it’s a thin and light notebook with a 13.3 inch high-resolution display and an Intel Kaby Lake processor.

System76 hasn’t revealed many details yet, but the company does have a promotional video showing just how thin the laptop is… by comparing it to a bunch of different types of candy. I guess the idea is that it’s a “sweet” laptop? I wouldn’t recommend licking it.

Unveiled at Ubucon SCALE, the computer is expected to be configurable with 15 watt, dual-core Core i5 or Core i7 processor options and up to 32GB of RAM.

According to OMG Ubuntu, unlike most thin and light laptops, the Galago Pro is also said to have an open hardware warranty” which means you won’t void the warranty by replacing the internal components… although that’s not quite the same thing as saying that it’s easy to take the machine apart and replace the hardware.

And the video shows a full-sized USB port, a microSD card slot, separate mic and headphone jacks, a power button (on the side) and a power jack (not USB-C power delivery on this laptop).

The System76 Galago Pro should be available in April for $899 and up. Like most System76 computers, it will likely be available with the latest stable build of Ubuntu Linux.

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8 replies on “System76 unveils Galago Pro compact 13 inch Linux laptop”

  1. Sigh, is this just another Clevo or Sager laptop with a big mark-up?

    Don’t get taken, take a live bootable Ubuntu or Mint thumb drive to your local brick-and-mortar and try the laptops you like for compatibility. The Linux Mint live USB drive is super simple to make now because it is a “hybrid” image (no more stuff like UNetbootin needed). For full instructions, do a search for “How to install Linux Mint via USB” and pick the result from the Linux Mint home.

    I find Dell laptops are fairly Linux friendly. Some Acer models work well with Linux too. On the flip-side, I have had many nightmares with Linux on Lenovo machines.

    1. Asus models are super Linux-friendly too. I’m on a ux305ca right now with dual boot CentOS and OpenSuse. But I’ve also had luck with Lenovo too. I have a Lenovo Yoga 900 that runs Ubuntu flawless for me with skype and a lot of development tools as well. My main complaint about Macs with Ubuntu is that the webcam won’t work.

  2. I’d love to buy a 13.3 inch Galgo Pro, but if it costs more than $900 I’ll probably buy a 13.3 inch MacBook Air instead.

    1. Unfortunately, ARM processors are still very weak for these workloads. I have yet to see an ARM processor that maches even a Core i5 7200U (15W TDP)

    2. Not sure if you commented on the wrong post or I’m going mad. This laptop is a normal intel-based device. Nothing to do with ARM. There is however another post on liliputing about an ARM based machine where your comment would be valid, but it looks like parts would be easy enough to replace, I’d want to swap out the A53 for some A72 or 73s to get a bit more kick out of it.

  3. “the company does have a promotional video showing just how thing the laptop is”… do you mean to say thick? Or what?

    Perhaps you need a contextual spell checker or similar…

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