“Finding a laptop that can run Linux is no longer much of a challenge. As we have shared in numerous netbook and notebook reviews, a majority off the shelf PCs shipping with Windows can easily be replaced with Linux and chances are most — if not all — of the components will “just work” on this open-source operating system, while ill- supported parts can usually be configured to work in just a few steps. For those looking to save time or avoid a potential headache, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and other major vendors have been offering Linux notebooks for some time now. One of the smaller vendors though that has been offering Ubuntu Linux notebooks (along with desktops and servers) is System76 Inc. This Colorado-based company not only ensures their hardware is 100% compatible with Ubuntu Linux, but they also preload some popular software packages that are not installed by default on Ubuntu. In this review we are looking at the System76 Serval Professional notebook.”
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Getting Linux to run on just about any platform around is no longer a challenge, the true fanatics are still trying to get that dead badger booting, but laptops are no longer interesting. It is so common place that you can go to System76 and pick up a notebook pre-configured with Linux; currently Ubuntu 8.10 (x86_64) with the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, GNOME 2.24.1, X Server 1.5.2, GCC 4.3.2, and a proprietary NVIDIA driver. The Serval Professional notebook that landed in Phoronix’s lap was a 15.4″ WSXGA+ display, with a C2D P8600 @ 2.40GHz, ICH9M, 4GB of DDR3 1066, a 32GB Intel X25-E Extreme SSD, and a GeForce 9800M GTS 512MB. As an added benift, from the pictures it looks like adding or swapping components is easier than extracting your own teeth.