System76 has been selling Linux laptop and desktop computers since 2005, but up until recently most of the company’s computers were designed and manufactured by other companies and customized with small tweaks and Linux software by System76.

A few years ago the company started manufacturing some of its own desktops, and notebooks may eventually follow. But the next product from System76 that was designed in-house and which will be manufactured in the US, is a keyboard – the System76 Launch Configurable Keyboard.

Made from two solid blocks of milled aluminum, the keyboard is designed to be customizable thanks to support for swappable switches and keycaps and support for remapping or even using extra keys.

There’s no word on the price or release date yet, but the company has begun manufacturing and more details should be available soon.

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3 replies on “Lilbits: Open source keyboards, E Ink smartwatches, the fastest (least user friendly) PinePhone software”

  1. Two milled blocks of aluminum? I wouldn’t be surprised if that keyboard cost $300-400.
    Anyway, if you want total customization, like 96%, grid arrangements, or extra rows and columns, what you do is:
    Manually place the keys where you want on this website.
    Paste the output into here to generate a plate to stick your key switches in and a case to put them into.
    You can then modify the output files in a CAD program to optimize the shape further, for the sake of whatever QMK microcontroller you’re going to use.
    Then take your keyboard layout and put it in this site, which will tell you how to wire your switches together and give you a version of QMK firmware specifically for your layout.
    Then you just have to buy all that stuff (ideally in bulk for a few people so you can get it cheaper per unit) and put it together…and hope all that stuff you read about making your hands hurt less was right.

  2. Wow months late and way more expensive than it should be. I know the European prices include tax, but this is ridiculous given the US price.

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