Basically during income tax season I plan on picking up a new laptop but the selection looks slim.
I'm liking the form factor/power of things like the razer stealth or yoga 910. But I'm having a hard time finding comparable laptops.
I was looking at system76 and thinking about choosing a Gazelle 15" or Kudu 17" but figured I'd post for feedback here first.
I haven't played with Linux since redhat back in 2000 when I setup dual boot.
So this will be my migration, I wanted to go the Manjaro route since they keep there packages on a rolling monthly update, I've been hearing negative things about Ubuntu so I'm hesitant on using it, and I know system76 primarily offers that flavor.
I recently bought a use fujitsu t900 off ebay that is great for normal computer use. Has a 1st gen i5 and dual batteries. Threw 8gbs of ram in it and have an ssd coming in th mail. Would probably take a linux distro nicely. Was very inexpensive.
What precisely are you looking at doing in the laptop? (ie. Development, Gaming, Generalized Fun, Video Editing). I ask, because if you aren't trying to play extremely high-end games, or 2K video editing (and above), I've heard good things about the Venom Blackpool Zero line. They have amazing specifications without a video card, and are super light.
For the record, System76 is a very good option. I wouldn't go with anything that comes with Windows on it.
It encourages companies to keep putting Windows on their machines. If people start buying systems with no OS or with Linux on it, you might see more companies doing what Dell does with their Sputnik project or whatever they call it.
Call me a zealot, whatever. I recommend something built for Linux.
i've been using my inspiron for about a year with Arch Linux. after replacing the Wi-Fi card all has been well. plus its rare to find a machine with replacable hardware, the RAM, SSD, Wi-Fi card are all upgradeable. and the battery is replacable.