The Latest Linux Laptop Features Open-Source Firmware, NVIDIA GeForce 2080 Super

If you’re in the market looking for a new Linux laptop and the new Dell XPS 13 that ships with Ubuntu pre-loaded isn’t necessarily your cup of tea, here’s a new model that comes with so many cool things.

It’s the System76 Oryx Pro, a new laptop that ships in two different sizes, 15.6 inches and 17.3 inches.

The laptop runs on the 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10875H processor and can be paired with up to 64 GB of RAM and 4 TB of maximum storage.

There are several GPU options, including NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 2070, and 2080 Super, but the NVIDIA graphics aren’t available when dual-booting Windows.

However, one of the highlights is the open-source firmware that the laptop ships with.

“For the first time ever, action-packed NVIDIA graphics team up with lightweight System76 Open Firmware. Go zero to full speed ahead with minuscule boot times and a monster GPU by your side. We’ve also added System76 Embedded Controller Firmware, which is GPLv3 licensed code that grants you access and control over important functionality, such as your keyboard, fans, and battery,” the company says.

Shipping with a choice of two OSes

So yes, the Oryx Pro comes with a System76 open firmware and open-source embedded controller firmware, with the latter available on GitHub here.

Carl Richell, Founder and CEO of System76, provides a few more details on Twitter.

“Coreboot system firmware and the embedded controller firmware are open source. We initialize the nvidia hardware with open source firmware. We don’t claim the nvidia driver or GPU are open source,” he says.

The laptop can ship with Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS (64-bit) or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (64-bit) and is available from $1,623. You can check out the full list of specs in the box after the jump and head over to this link to configure yours and buy it.

System76 Oryx Pro

System76 Oryx Pro Specifications

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