The new Darter Pro isn’t the smallest laptop from Linux computer company System76. But it is the thinnest and lightest model the company offers with a 15.6 inch display.
Weighing 3.6 pounds and measuring about 0.8 inches thick, it’s bigger and heavier than the company’s 2.9 pound, 0.7 inch Galago notebooks. But it has a bigger screen, a bigger battery, and room for a numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard, among other things.
First announced last week, the System76 Darter Pro is now available for $999 and up.
The starting price gets you a 14.2″ x 9.6″ x 0.8″ laptop with a 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel matte IPS display, an Intel Core i5-8265U processor, 8GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, a 120GB M.2 SSD, and a 54.5 Wh battery.
Connectivity features include 802.11ac WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort and HDMI ports, a Thunderbolt 3 port, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a USB 2.0 port, and an SD card reader.
The laptop has a backlit keyboard, stereo speakers, a 720p camera, and mic and headphone jacks.
It ships with a choice of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS or System76’s fork of that operating system — you can opt for Pop!_OS 18.04 or 18.10.
Upgrade options include support for up to an Intel Core i7-8565U processor, up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of PCIe NVMe storage.
Theoretically you could probably save some money by purchasing a different laptop and installing Ubuntu or another GNU/Linux distribution on your own. But it’s nice to have the option of buying a relatively notebook that ships with a Linux distribution pre-installed and which comes with official support from the PC maker.