Alder Lake-Powered Linux Laptop Arrives With 14 Hours of Battery Life
System76, the Colorado-based Linux laptop, desktop, and server specialist, has announced a new highly portable laptop with an Intel Alder Lake processor inside. The new Lemur Pro is a "lighter than Air" 14-inch form factor laptop with excellent battery life and attractions such as open firmware (powered by Coreboot) and a 180-degree hinge. In addition, buyers can choose to go with Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS or Ubuntu 22.04 LTS pre-installed.
Coreboot, known initially as LinuxBIOS, is significant as it is an open-source BIOS implementation embraced by Linux users. It is lightweight, flexible, and feature-rich. Sadly, not many modern laptops or desktop PCs support Coreboot, but it seems to have gained momentum in recent times. We reported on Coreboot being made available for MSI Z690-A WiFi motherboards in April. More recently, in a demonstration of Coreboot's flexibility for tinkerers, we reported on a port of Doom being released as a Coreboot payload.
Now if only emacs could be a Coreboot payload, you could run the rich set of applications written in emacs lisp.
(Score: 3, Interesting) by canopic jug on Saturday July 09 2022, @06:03PM (1 child)
Rumor has it that supposedly they may have a shop within the EU soon. Either way, this will be on quite few people's shortlist as System76 does have a good reputation for nice computers.
The only thing obvious to pick on is that "Alder Lake" is just a fancy name for x86. Getting 14 hours out of a power-hungry x86 processor is still an excellent achievement, but if this had been RISC-V or ARM it would have been far more with the same battery. I would also settle for MIPS.
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(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 09 2022, @07:08PM
I just get work to buy and ship them to me in the EU. I love my Oryx Pro!
(Score: 4, Interesting) by crm114 on Saturday July 09 2022, @06:20PM (1 child)
Back in the 80's my first ibm-pc with 640K + EGA add-on card, plus CRT monitor, and internal 20MB half-height hard drive cost $2500.
Pretty much every computer I've upgraded to in the years since has been about that price point. That is, a machine for business work, not a gaming rig, nor a "computer for grandma"
Checked out their "Configure your Lemur Pro" page. $2200. Yup.
And that's with 2022 US$, not 1985 US$.
Interesting how the material costs/technology/moore's law/ whatever has managed to "counteract" inflation.
(Score: 3, Insightful) by crm114 on Saturday July 09 2022, @06:22PM
And replying to myself....
counteract inflation, and still provide 1000x the $2500 got me back in the 80's
(Score: 5, Informative) by mrpg on Saturday July 09 2022, @10:18PM
Pop!_OS is a free and open-source Linux distribution, based upon Ubuntu, and featuring a customized GNOME desktop environment known as COSMIC. The distribution is developed by American Linux computer manufacturer System76. Pop!_OS is primarily built to be bundled with the computers built by System76, but can also be downloaded and installed on most computers.
Pop!_OS provides full out-of-the-box support for both AMD and Nvidia GPUs. It is regarded as an easy distribution to set up for gaming, mainly due to its built-in GPU support. Pop!_OS provides default disk encryption, streamlined window and workspace management, keyboard shortcuts for navigation as well as built-in power management profiles. The latest releases also have packages that allow for easy setup for TensorFlow and CUDA.
Pop!_OS is maintained primarily by System76, with the release version source code hosted in a GitHub repository. Unlike many other Linux distributions, it is not community-driven, although outside programmers can contribute, view and modify the source code. They can also build custom ISO images and redistribute them under another name.
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