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System76 Gazelle Professional Laptop Review & Giveaway

Danny Stieben 22-10-2012

As an avid user of Linux, I’ve been very interested in laptops specifically built to operate Linux, as my own laptop had a few minor issues that were never resolved. This high interest led us to buy a 15.6-inch System76 Gazelle Professional laptop.


We’re giving away a brand new one of these brilliant laptops designed to optimally run Linux worth almost $1000 to one very lucky reader! Read our review to find out more about this System76 laptop and then join our giveaway to be in the running.

One of the biggest issues facing Linux today is the fact that not all hardware may be supported with it. Of course, the list of supported hardware grows practically by the hour, but if it doesn’t work with your exact hardware, then it doesn’t work. You may also not want to wait months at a time to see if you might possibly get support by the addition of new drivers to the Linux kernel.

Instead, if you love Linux and want to be sure that all of your hardware will be supported, the best thing to do is go out and buy a system which was designed specifically for Linux use!

About System76

System76 is a computer company which specializes in the assembly of machines which are guaranteed to work under Linux. They do so by picking out hardware which they know is fully supported by Linux distributions, and then assembling them for us so that we don’t have to do it ourselves. While desktops and servers usually don’t pose much of an issue as far as Linux support is concerned (although System76 does offer multiple models of both), the main benefit of going with System76 is that they can build laptops as well. Since it’s pretty much impossible to assemble and/or change parts of your laptop — apart from the hard drive and RAM — it’s very important that everything included in your laptop will work under Linux. System76 makes sure of this, and sells perfectly compatible laptops for our enjoyment. The company is based in Colorado, but has multiple locations where it builds systems, and ships to a number of international destinations.

System76 isn’t the only provider of machines which are built especially for Linux. Another big name in this depart is ZaReason, which caters to not only Ubuntu but other distributions, both Debian-based and not, as well. For some people, Lenovo systems could also be seen as competitors, as many people claim that their favorite Linux distribution works very well with Lenovo hardware.



Let me start out with the customized specifications which came with this System76 Gazelle Professional laptop I got to review. It includes a Intel 3rd Generation (Ivy Bridge) 2.4 Ghz (upgradeable to 2.8 Ghz) Core i7-3630QM processor, a matte 1080p display with 95% NTSC color gamut, 4 GB of 1600 Mhz DDR3 RAM (upgradable to 16 GB, 2 x 8 GB), 750 GB hard drive (upgradeable to different configurations include SSDs), an SD card reader, a 1.3MP webcam, a CD/DVD-RW DL drive, THX TruStudio PRO speakers, and Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 – 802.11A/B/G/N Wireless LAN + Bluetooth Combo Module. Overall, the specs are pretty impressive, especially when compared to my 3 year old laptop. The final price, without shipping and possible taxes, was $998.

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The packaging was fairly simple. Inside a brown carton box in which the laptop was shipped was another brown carton box which included a plastic handle and some generic designs on the sides. Inside this box was the laptop itself, wrapped in a pink anti-static plastic wrap, covered by two styrofoam “bumpers”. There was a small area next to the laptop which stored the power supply and cord. That was all which was included, and as you’ll see in a bit, that’s all that is really needed.

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After taking the laptop out of the anti-static bag, I noticed that it had taped-on plastic sheets, in order to prevent dust and other prints from collecting on the surfaces it was protecting, which included both sides of the screen.

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Upon opening the laptop, you’ll notice one piece of paper, which includes some simple support information from System76 as well as two “Powered by Ubuntu” stickers which you can use if you’d like. Personally I won’t, simply because I like my laptops to be sticker-free, but some people will be delighted by the fact that these are included.

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Further inspection of the System76 Gazelle Professional laptop shows that it is very well crafted. It’s in no way a MacBook as it is made out of very durable plastic instead of an aluminum block, but as soon as you touch it, you won’t really care. The backside of the screen has a strong brushed-aluminum look and feel which makes the laptop feel quite expensive. Also on the backside is System76 lettering which isn’t printed on but pressed on, but it seems to be holding up with some moderate rubbing.

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The keyboard, simply put, is a dream come true. The buttons are large, comfortably springy, and generally a joy to type on. The spacing between the buttons is a fantastic change to the cramped keyboard on my old laptop, which makes it very easy to hit the button you want. The covering over the spaces between the keys also helps keep the keyboard and the empty space underneath each key clean from dust and dirt.

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For those who find this to be important, System76 includes an Ubuntu sticker which covers the traditional Windows key. The only improvements I could think of is the addition of keyboard lighting for typing in the dark and that the Ubuntu logo could be printed on the Windows key instead of using a sticker to cover it, but I’m still extremely happy the way it is. The area on which your hands rest while typing have a lighter brushed-aluminum look and feel, which also feels quite nice and prevents slipping around while typing.

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The trackpad feels a little funny to use at first because there are absolutely no physical borders which can tell your fingers that you’re on the edge of the trackpad. It is all one continuous surface, but after playing around with it for a while, you get used to it and it’s quite enjoyable to use. The physical mouse buttons is comprised of one long button which you can hit on either side to execute a left-click or right-click. In Ubuntu’s settings, you can also configure double-tapping on the trackpad and tapping with two fingers to do a right-click. By default, the laptop is setup to use two-finger scrolling on the trackpad both vertically and horizontally, but you can configure this to your own preferences.

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Build Quality

The System76 Gazelle Professional laptop itself is very well built. Everything feels extremely sturdy, and I don’t feel like it’s going to break under stress. The laptop is designed with four rubber feet on the four corners of the laptop, which makes it surprisingly sturdy on the flat surface. I’ve had a couple laptops in the past where it would wiggle around while typing on it because it wasn’t entirely flat on a table. For the most part, the air circulation to cool the laptop is also well designed. The exhaust air comes out the left side, which I prefer over an exhaust in the back. Under a moderate workload, the laptop does get a little warm, but the fan is extremely quiet. It does get a tad bit louder when the laptop is under a full workload, but it’s still deep inside my acceptable range. The only gripe I have here is that the left palmrest does get warmer than the rest of the laptop, but it’s not something that makes you uncomfortable.


This system is decently equipped when it comes to peripheral ports. On the left side, you have your power connector, a VGA port, an Ethernet port, an HDMI port, 2 blue USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, and the SD card reader. The exhaust vent is located underneath the two USB ports and HDMI port. Unless you’re doing demanding work on your laptop for very long periods of time, any cables connected to these ports do not get warm at all. Even then, they’ll get somewhat warm at the most, so this should not really affect anything.

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On the right side, you’ll find the CD/DVD drive (or equivalent replacement depending on what you choose), a USB 2.0 port, and a headphone jack and microphone jack. To sure your laptop, you’ll find a Kensington lock port in the back, on the right side of the battery.

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The System76 Gazelle Professional comes with THX TruStudio PRO speakers which are located in the front of the laptop, underneath the palmrests right around where your wrists will probably be. They’re decent speakers, but nothing necessarily to tout about. While the speakers are of decent quality, the location of them is not. As they are in the front, they are slightly muffled whenever you have the laptop on your lap instead of a flat surface. Even on a flat surface, the sound isn’t entirely clear, but it’s good enough. They have an acceptable volume, but it wouldn’t hurt if they were a bit louder as well. If I truly had to gripe about something, it would be the speakers, but don’t get the wrong idea — this is still a minor gripe. The speakers are still acceptable in my opinion, and if you truly care about the quality of the music that is playing, you’ll more than likely plug in some headphones or speakers anyways.


As far as laptops are concerned, there’s a good chance that you haven’t seen a screen as good as the one which was ordered with this system. The Full HD 1080p display is an absolute beauty of high resolution, and its 95% NTSC color gamut capability allows for some pretty spectacular colors. The matte screen is also very helpful because it virtually eliminates any glare that may occur from the sun or room lighting. Speaking of which, the backlight of this screen is incredible, ranging from fairly dark (but still very readable in a well-lit room) to an incredibly bright setting where everything can be seen like never before. Of course, the brightness level affects battery usage, so you’re in control when you want a bright screen or a long battery life.

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The power of the System76 Gazelle Professional laptop is downright incredible. Of course, there’s a beefy Core i7 inside this beast, and it makes itself well known from Day 1. I’ve been used to the 2 Ghz dual-core AMD processor which was inside my old laptop, but the difference between it and this new system is like night and day. I can throw virtually whatever I want at it, and it chugs away without any issues whatsoever. This system doesn’t have any dedicated graphics, but instead relies on the Intel HD 4000 graphics found inside the processor.

While some people might cringe at the thought of solely using Intel’s integrated graphics, I’m actually quite happy with it. The HD 4000 series has beefed up quite a bit compared to the HD 3000 series, running two 1080p monitors (the laptop’s screen and an HDTV) at the same time with ease. Despite all of this power, it’s actually quite energy-efficient, thanks to the processor’s Ivy Bridge architecture and all of the new technology that goes along with it. The battery included with this laptop is actually a tad bit smaller than the one in the old one when comparing Wh, but because the processor is so efficient, the laptop lasts about 3 times longer than my old one.


Speaking of which, the battery life is quite acceptable. With my own usage, I get roughly 3.5 hours of battery life while surfing around the internet on the lowest brightness setting for the screen. This does mean that the laptop isn’t meant to be extremely portable (although you’re good to go if you bring the power cord with you, of course), but for the amount of power that it has, it does run impressively long on just battery power.

Linux Distributions

Of course, System76 machines come with Ubuntu preinstalled on them. Ubuntu was chosen over other distributions because it is among one of the most popular ones which also has one of the stablest financial backbones, thanks to Canonical. Complete hardware support is guaranteed by Ubuntu’s included drivers as well as a System76 package which includes whatever else may be missing, such as backlight control. You can always install a different distribution if you wish, although you won’t be able to make use out of the specialized System76 drivers. However, these drivers tend to be included in future Linux kernels so that they will no longer be necessary. Cutting edge distributions like Fedora should work just fine.

There isn’t an included recovery disc you can run off of in case your system gets messed up. Instead, there’s a recovery partition you can boot into to start a full recovery. I welcome this approach to recovery, because you won’t have to go searching around the house for any discs; all needed recovery data is right there with your laptop.

Can You Run Windows?

System76 realizes that Ubuntu may not entirely fill the needs of certain people, such as those who absolutely require Photoshop instead of GIMP. All System76 machines can run Windows smoothly, as the company provides drivers for the operating system. They do, however, point out that they will not give support for people running Windows on their machines.


It’s very important to make sure that a person can buy a laptop from any company, and know that they’ll have support they can use if they come into any difficulties. I called System76 because for whatever reason I could not play sound through a TV via an HDMI cable, but after a quick call and following their instructions, I got it working just fine. I was very impressed with how I didn’t have to wait on hold in order to receive support. It’s quick, it’s accurate, and they are friendly people who want you to be happy with your purchase. Their support deserves a big thumbs up. You can also look up common issues in their support database, Knowledge76.


Overall, I find the System76 Gazelle Professional laptop to be magnificent. It has the power to do what I want to do with it, the battery life to keep me going for decent amounts of time, and complete hardware support. For Linux users who may have been struggling with getting a laptop where all of the hardware works perfectly, purchasing one specifically built for the purpose is the ideal solution.

MakeUseOf recommends: Buy if you regularly use Linux.

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  1. nikhil agarwal
    November 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    thanx for the giveaway......

  2. Christian Ampoloquio
    November 9, 2012 at 9:16 am

    This is an awesome giveaway! Awesome specs. Good luck to all!

  3. Prasanna Mohan
    November 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Very nice lappy.............

  4. Kyriakos Aggeli
    November 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    A really nice laptop and the best thing is that it uses Ubuntu. I'd really like to win this one due to the fact i never owned a laptop and the fact that this one uses my favorite OS on it.

  5. Márcio Guerra
    November 8, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Nice one! Hope I've got it right! And win it!

  6. laurel
    November 7, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    looks like a great deal thanks

  7. shaurya gupta
    November 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Well, i totally want this coz i am an ubuntu fan and want to win this....

  8. Mac Witty
    November 7, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I give it a chance. Have never owned any linux computer so it could be interesting to take a closer look at

  9. Boni Oloff
    November 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    This is looks great, i will take a part of this awesome giveaway.

  10. Iva Krstik
    November 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    After Sandy, not even an hour of getting my power back my laptop died! Not only am I going to have to spend so much money replacing things, but now I need a new laptop. Hope I win this :)

  11. Lesley Oswin
    November 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Would love to try this out!

  12. Le Mon
    November 5, 2012 at 5:12 am

    wanna win this one lucky i would be to have this linux based laptop....

  13. Suzanne Leavitt
    November 5, 2012 at 1:39 am

    This looks like a really fascinating computer.

  14. Bill F.
    November 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    This would be a great win!

  15. Harmesh Rohira
    November 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Super Excited for this technological masterpiece.
    Followed the rules and steps for enrolling. Shared amongst friends and social sites.

    Now, would i please expect to win. :)

    Thanks and Regards,
    Harmesh Rohira

  16. Jasper Cecilio
    November 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Love to win this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Vivek Bharadwaj
    November 4, 2012 at 9:48 am

    This is an awesome laptop! I have been using Linux distros from quite some time on my laptop. I'd love to own a laptop designed just for Ubuntu!
    I hope I win this beauty! :D

  18. Danijel Cukari?
    November 4, 2012 at 12:28 am

    it looks great :), would love one

  19. Mary Ewell
    November 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm


  20. Deborah Herrick
    November 2, 2012 at 2:30 am

    I keep entering your contests and would really love to win the laptop. My netbook died and I hate sitting in our computer room because it's so darn cold in winter. Almost need a down coat to sit at the computer. Your articles and info are so informative. I save them all Keep writing!

  21. Marxubuntu Buttonz
    November 2, 2012 at 12:19 am

    This would be an AMAZING gift from an amazing site sponsoring the amazing System76 laptop with the amazing Gnu/Linux, Ubuntu OS.

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  22. Vinh
    November 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  23. roland blais
    November 1, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    this would be really great win. thank you so much. roland

  24. Brian Smith
    November 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Don't bother to draw - just send it to me :-)

  25. Tarek Ramadan
    November 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    great laptop

  26. Todd Littleton
    November 1, 2012 at 10:47 am

    It is nice to see a machine of this caliber dedicated to Linux. the world is moving in the right direction in at least one area. I agree with the speaker comments anyone who really wants to listen to anything on a laptop will plug in headphones or hook it up to a stereo or speakers. I really cant think of any laptop that has speakers that are good enough to warrant not hooking up something else when listening to anything that you really want to enjoy. I know there have been some impressive set ups with Harmon Kardon speaker setups etc but even the best of those setups benefit greatly by using external hook ups. This is just the fact of life when owning a laptop.
    To tell you the truth I would rather sacifice all the speaker internally and use the space for better graphics or hard drive space or extra battery space. The heaadphone jack will suffice and a small travel speaker for when you must have an audio out for people to hear something on your system. If I could design my own laptop it would use that speaker space for something like that.

  27. Ken Harris
    October 31, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    This computer looks deadly.

  28. Charles Yost
    October 31, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    This looks like a really impressive laptop. Better than the laptop that I have had for 5 years. Another awesome review and giveaway!!!!!!!

  29. Jeffrey John Imutan
    October 31, 2012 at 6:32 am

    hope i win!

  30. Nart Barileva
    October 31, 2012 at 3:51 am

    gimmay gimmay gimmay

  31. Anonymous
    October 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Hey...... Danny Steben !! Thank u so much for this opportunity.I want 2 make my Life "TOUCH? SENSITIVE" not PUSH NEEDED. Now I am in Black and White world. I want 2 make my life colourful. I want 2 TOUCH my dreams of a Beautiful tomorrows .I want 2 make my life beautiful victory. 2 me System 76 Gazelle Professionel Laptop is a POWER BEAUTY and SOUL . I feel whole Beautiful world is with me. Life is so complicated. SSy , gives solutions 2stem 76 Gazelle Professional Laptop every problem. System 76 Gazelle Professional Laptop ,expand our mind and change our life. System 76 Gazelle Professional Laptop revolution.MY search ends here. System 76 Gazelle Professional Laptop reach out and TOUCHES each and every ones HEART.

  32. Mary Harris
    October 30, 2012 at 1:43 am

    I would love this

  33. Sean Redican
    October 29, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    wow.great laptop

  34. Kathy Lakatosh
    October 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm


  35. Kathy Lakatosh
    October 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm


  36. Jeff Winchester
    October 29, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Looks like a fantastic machine for Linux!

  37. Robert Stacey
    October 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    where the facebook code???????

  38. Stephanie Moore
    October 29, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Would really love to win this - my computer is on its last legs

    October 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    SYSTEM 76

  40. Patrick Jackson
    October 29, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I think that it might work great with windows 8, if installed besides Ubuntu, isn't it? :)

    • Danny Stieben
      October 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      It would work, although I personally hate the idea of having Windows 8 on any of my devices. Win7...maybe if absolutely necessary. But not Win8.

  41. Mohanad Salah
    October 29, 2012 at 10:30 am

    cool laptop i luv it

  42. fibroman
    October 29, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I'm in!!!
    Good luck to all!!!

  43. Anonymous
    October 29, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Very interesting. Have never heard of this company before but will definitely check them out now. Thanks for the review!

  44. Muslim Fractal
    October 28, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Wow, Awesome this is perfect sutff :)

  45. Muslim Fractal
    October 28, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Wow, Awesome this is perfect sutff :)

  46. Patrick Jackson
    October 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    A great way to start one's adventures with Linux!

  47. Patrick Jackson
    October 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    One thing - how can the winner upgrade the processor to 2.8 GHz. Just in case ;)

    • Danny Stieben
      October 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      I don't believe we're going to allow changes to the specifications, although if you are indeed the winner you could try to ask very nicely if you're willing to pay for the difference. :)

  48. Nikhil Chandak
    October 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    amazing Linux laptop
    great competition

  49. Patrick Jackson
    October 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    So, I am definitely, game! :)

  50. Patrick Jackson
    October 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Hardcore gamers might miss the dedicated graphics in this one, but one can still run games on lesser resolutions, and Intel HD Graphics are good to play NFS Most Wanted (the old one) and other 'classic' games!

    • Danny Stieben
      October 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Urban Terror runs easily at full resolution with 60 fps at about as high settings as possible. There's definitely some juice in there.

  51. Patrick Jackson
    October 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    A great laptop, one of the reasons being that most of us, if not all, seldom see laptops with 'Ubuntu' keys!

    • Danny Stieben
      October 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Indeed! Although it's still a sticker, it's a very nice addition that honestly doesn't feel too strange to my fingers. However, the day when an Ubuntu/Linux logo is actually printed onto the key itself...

  52. Rudi
    October 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

    This looks like a really well built laptop with great processing power (Core i7-3630QM) and love the 1080p full HD screen. I would not underestimate Ubuntu. There are some very useful open source apps out there.

  53. Denis Justman
    October 27, 2012 at 2:53 am

    good stuff here

  54. James West
    October 27, 2012 at 12:10 am

    love to get this. then I can just replace my sisters dying laptop.

  55. Heman Adams
    October 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    A system with impressive specification as this would make Linux a nice first time experience for me. I hope luck gives me a big smile this time.

  56. Quoc Vuong
    October 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    great giveaway!thanks

  57. Valentin Tudor
    October 26, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Would LOVE this one!

  58. Efi Dreyshner
    October 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Best laptop for Linux EVER!!

  59. emmy
    October 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    what an awesome brand,i will love to win this

  60. Daniel Ooi
    October 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Would love to get my hands on linux!

  61. Daren Han
    October 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Great giveaway. Nice laptop to try linux.

  62. Chris J
    October 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Go Mean Green! I'm also an alum and would love to get my hands on one of these laptops. Danny, nice job promoting UNT and Linux in the same article.

    • Danny Stieben
      October 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Thanks Chris! Glad to see UNT students and alumni checking out MUO! Good luck in the giveaway! Go Mean Green!

  63. bikinis online
    October 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Consider when looking at laptops, how often you travel with him. If you travel often, you get a model with a larger screen and lower prices. If you are a digital nomad, you should mainly concerned with the cube u30gt laptop size, weight and battery life. For maximum portability, get a laptop that weighs less than 3.5 kg, has a 12 "or smaller screen and a minimum 4-hour battery life.There is no doubt, System76 Gazelle Professional Laptop meets all my requirements.

    • Danny Stieben
      October 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Great to hear! Good luck in the giveaway! :)

  64. Nigel Hewitson
    October 26, 2012 at 6:03 am

    I've been dying to switch to Linux for good. This would be the ideal way to do it. I too was unaware that they made laptops especially for linux. Are we going to see more of this type of thing ? Because the thought of being stuck with Windows 8 as an only option on a new laptop terrifies me !

    • Danny Stieben
      October 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      I'm sure there are other manufacturers who are considering using Linux for their systems (such as Asus, which is rolling out Linux-based mega-netbooks), but for me System76 is good enough!

  65. Va Du
    October 26, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Sounds like a very capable machine. Giving it the old college try.

  66. Nimsrules
    October 26, 2012 at 4:26 am

    With the LCD of my laptop broken and and oozing out the liquid within, I'd be glad if I win this. Fingers crossed :)

  67. Phil
    October 26, 2012 at 1:49 am

    great article on this laptop... I really wish I had one like it. :)

  68. William Hoffman
    October 25, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    I have been getting your newsletters for a long time. I just received one with a great guide on Windows 8. When I tried to download it, I couldn't. It is looking for some kind of code that I should know. I save all my "Make Use Of" and can't find a code on
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    Bill Hoffman
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  69. Shaakira Abdul Samad
    October 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I want it!

  70. Kathleen McCarthy
    October 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Love make use of and the many things they have to offer.

    I feel safe using their e-mails.

  71. john
    October 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Waiting for this thing to Transform, but can't think of anything better it could transform to, nice machine!

  72. Manik Kumar
    October 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    This is nice one!!! Really...
    fingers crossed!!!:P

  73. Steven Epstein
    October 25, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    awesome keeping my fingers crossed

  74. Jonas Brock-Hanash
    October 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    That actually looks pretty neat.
    I'm an Windowsfaggot although I must say that I like Ubuntu. Before this review I knew there was Linux PC's (dedicated to Linux) but I've never thought they'll like this nice and shiny.
    Just made my entry in the giveaway.

    • Danny Stieben
      October 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Glad to see you're open to Linux! :)

  75. Ashoka Compcomm
    October 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    great job but when i will be the winner?

  76. Anandu B Ajith
    October 25, 2012 at 9:34 am

    i Want This Please Select ME

  77. Bounty Quest
    October 25, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Thanks for the wonderful chances. Keep the great giveaways coming.

  78. muhammad akmal abdul razak
    October 25, 2012 at 8:54 am

    For me linux is the best because there was no virus yet

  79. Caroline West
    October 25, 2012 at 8:15 am

    All I can say is that I've read the review and "I Want It". :-)

  80. Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute
    October 25, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Thanks for the chance to win the System76. If prayers make a difference, I've got this one in the bag. lol. Really need this so I'm crossing everything.

  81. Contest Winner
    October 25, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Linux Laptop....How will I be able to feel like im smarter than everyone else now, if I dont have to install linux os on a pc?

  82. Nguy?n Tân
    October 25, 2012 at 4:13 am

    I'm living in Vietnam. If I win this notebook, how to I get it?

    • Danny Stieben
      October 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      We'd definitely find a way to get it to you. :)

  83. Dandy Putra
    October 24, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    nice giveaway.
    I will try linux system.

  84. Stacey
    October 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    This would be so wonderful to win - now . . . if I was just a lucky person. ; )
    Great article. That is one beautiful piece of machinery! And Thank You to Make Use Of for a chance to win this! Good Luck EVERYONE!

  85. gmonly
    October 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    it would be my first Linux system, maybe i could learn a few things by winning this

  86. dragonmouth
    October 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    "There isn’t an included recovery disc you can run off of in case your system gets messed up. Instead, there’s a recovery partition you can boot into to start a full recovery. I welcome this approach to recovery, because you won’t have to go searching around the house for any discs; all needed recovery data is right there with your laptop."
    What happens if the hard drive becomes totally unusable and the "recovery partition" is not accessible? A crash, for example. How does one restore the sytem without a recovery disk??? I'd rather search the house for any disks than have to beg the manufacturer for one. But then I know where my disks are.

    Ubuntu is too much like Windows. Prefer a distribution that allows for more user control like Debian, openSUSE or Mageia. Actually, I use antiX.

    • Danny Stieben
      October 29, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      If you look at their support database, Knowledge76, they explain that you can also do a completely clean installation of Ubuntu, and then simply add the driver program and click on Restore. It's pretty much the same thing. This is also the recommended procedure for upgrades, both clean install upgrades or in-place upgrades.

  87. Anonymous
    October 24, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Man! This would be the perfect laptop for me. The one i have now is very old and i just dont have the money to buy a new one!

  88. cindy Jack
    October 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Would love to have this super computer

  89. R Chuck
    October 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    awesome!!!...hope i win :)

  90. Ben Muriru
    October 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I have been running Ubuntu as a virtual machine in my Windows 7 system. A dedicated Ubuntu/Linux system however is much better. Hope to get this one!

  91. Mihovil Pletikos
    October 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    i am logged ub vut i can newer exchange my points for giveaways... it always just see the next line:To exchange your points for quick entry, you must be logged in

  92. Sachin Kanchan
    October 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    an outta this world design, extremely powerful and the best part was the trackpad thing you mentioned....

    I would love to have one...but as I am a Mechanical engg. student ... if ever I get one...i am going to use it for Solidworks 2013...

    yo ho!!!

  93. Gordon Henning
    October 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Boy do I want a System76

  94. Joop Gobes
    October 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Thank you Danny. Now I have got an older desktop in my house and will clean this completely and try the new OS systems on that.

  95. Anonymous
    October 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Nice Laptop! I want one

  96. Anonymous
    October 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Whoever wins this sure is very lucky. This is painfully awesome.

  97. Anandu B Ajith
    October 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    i Like To Win It But You Wont Select Me

  98. Ramon Fletcher
    October 24, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Keep the Linux articles coming.

  99. Altra Attestor
    October 24, 2012 at 9:44 am

    this is beatiful

  100. Paula Morgan
    October 24, 2012 at 8:48 am

    would love to try this one out. will be first time to try out linus.

  101. Roystan Ang
    October 24, 2012 at 8:15 am

    They should have just replace that one USB 2.0 with the 3.0 ones! =D

    • Danny Stieben
      October 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      I'm actually glad to still have that one USB 2.0 port, because I have a wireless mouse that doesn't seem to work if I plug the dongle into a USB 3.0 port.

  102. Prashant Mohta
    October 24, 2012 at 8:01 am

    november 9th is my birthday plz give it to meeee :) as a birthday gift

  103. Patrick Saunders
    October 24, 2012 at 6:35 am

    If only more manufacturers offered this choice we could avoid the MS tax. Sure you can install linux yourself on your laptop but why should you have to?

    • Danny Stieben
      October 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Sadly MS also pressures most manufacturers to include Windows on their systems, or suffer major consequences.

  104. Anonymous
    October 24, 2012 at 6:08 am

    great machine!

  105. Rendy
    October 24, 2012 at 4:55 am

    great if i win this laptop, i use ubuntu mostly

  106. Shirley Philbrick
    October 24, 2012 at 4:43 am

    I have A sweet IBM Thinkpad 600 with windows 95, right,, sweet :( I would be in heaven if I won this!

  107. Matteo Gismondi
    October 24, 2012 at 4:42 am

    Great review for a great laptop!

  108. Priswell
    October 24, 2012 at 2:16 am

    I've been running a System76 Wildebeest for a few years now, and love having a linux system born and bred. A System76 laptop would be golden.

  109. Stephen Lavin
    October 24, 2012 at 2:01 am

    thank you

  110. Gerwell Taroma
    October 24, 2012 at 1:33 am

    oh come on,,make me win this time...i'm gonna love it!

  111. Vivian Deliz
    October 24, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Good review... nice machine.

  112. pallavi dave
    October 24, 2012 at 1:12 am


  113. Ruth Wyatt
    October 24, 2012 at 1:05 am

    What a smok'in Hot machine ---

  114. Ruth Wyatt
    October 24, 2012 at 1:04 am

    I really want this

  115. Tom Sobieski
    October 24, 2012 at 12:49 am

    I don't want to appear crude, but I'm begging here. My 7 year old laptop , running Ubuntu, died. R.I.P.
    Now I'm sharing (!!!) a laptop with my swewtie, and well, frankly it's a PITA.
    Please, I want and need to win this.

  116. Mustafa A.
    October 24, 2012 at 12:26 am

    This would make for a great way to enter into the wonderful world of Linux! :)

  117. Michael Hazell
    October 23, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I love System76. Hope you like their laptops. I wish I had one :). My machine is over 6 years old.

    • Danny Stieben
      October 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      Sounds like an upgrade is in order! :)

  118. Deji Greg
    October 23, 2012 at 9:16 pm


  119. Simon Ma
    October 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Great giveaway, good luck to everyone!

  120. Anita Lee
    October 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I'm already bi-platform - Mac and Windows, would love to add Ubuntu to the braincells.

  121. Edward Bellair
    October 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I will be waiting for it to arrive.

  122. Filip
    October 23, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Does the wifi work on a 100% free operating software without the need for additional proprietary drivers? I mean: you could update with it.

    • Danny Stieben
      October 24, 2012 at 1:48 am

      Indeed it does! Especially this wireless combo which is guaranteed to work without issues.

  123. Vishal Mishra
    October 23, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Never heard of System76 , but it's really good review, now i will also consider this brand also when i will buy a new computer.

  124. King S Khan
    October 23, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Looks pretty thick, but would LOVE to have it!

    • Danny Stieben
      October 24, 2012 at 1:48 am

      Like I mentioned in an earlier comment, it's not quite as thick as it might appear. It feels good in the hands. Plus remember that this laptop isn't trying to be an ultrabook, especially with what's under the hood.

  125. King S Khan
    October 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    plz join now................

  126. Anonymous
    October 23, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    When my 4 years old desktop become uanble to run very fun windows. I update it just by installing ubuntu. now, after 1 year and helf, i still can use the best of my desktop thanks to ubuntu with the lastest updates.
    But, i think it's time to update the hardware to a new laptop to some CAD/CAE and some programming needs. Even i'm planning to buy a system76 gazelle professional laptop next year. I think it will be very good to win the powerful and my dream laptop :)

  127. celeron504
    October 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    System76 ftw!!!

  128. Hans Ferdy Lawadinata
    October 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I always love to have a new laptop especially the i 7 series. Would like to try Ubuntu system.

  129. John Cutrone
    October 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Been a windows (weenie) user since the 80's I guess it's time to learn Lynux...If only I had a laptop to do that. mmmm.

  130. Cheryl Kissell
    October 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Wow, you guys are just constantly offering some really awesome giveaways!

    I absolutely love that I can come here for all my techie needs...and always find the info to help me.

    Sure glad I got turned onto this site.


  131. Lieschen Müller
    October 23, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    once again an awesome giveaway, thank you

  132. John Boyd
    October 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    That`ll do nicely thank you.

  133. josemon maliakal
    October 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I love to have such a good laptop with linux support

  134. juan david gil
    October 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    omg a dream come true!

  135. Ido Shamriz
    October 23, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Really wish I could win this ... I am a programmer and my computer just die... I could really use this one for work and study :)
    Anyway, thanks for the opportunity

  136. nigus
    October 23, 2012 at 11:51 am

    thanks for the giveaeays.

  137. Jan Banasiak
    October 23, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Laptop system78 is beautiful, very much I would want to have him.

  138. raymond mcnatt
    October 23, 2012 at 11:28 am

    awesome machine!

  139. Anonymous
    October 23, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Where have you been all my life? Can't wait to have you System76.

  140. Ayoade Adetola
    October 23, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Would really love to get my hands on those

  141. H G
    October 23, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Spectacular! Did not know of the existence of computers manufactured specifically for linux. After reading the review I marveled at the idea of ??having a laptop to work with ubuntu, that I'm a fan. I'm already using ubuntu for some time, but in a PC with Pentium III (and runs very well) and I can not imagine how it's using the ubuntu on a pc built specifically for Linux. My next laptop will be this.

  142. Greg Harper
    October 23, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Been using Linux since 94, started with Redhat and moved to Mandrake which is now Mandriva and struggling. Have tried other flavors, but always end back up on Mandriva, guess we all have our favorites. I'm typing this on a linux machine I built right now. Dual boot with Windows 7 , but rarely use Windows. Fewer crashes and zilch security problems thus far using Linux, knock on wood.
    Nice laptop though, it'd be nice on the road.

  143. prabhath kaushalya
    October 23, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Again great giveaway !. I would like to own it.p/s count me in.thanks

  144. Chew Jian Yue
    October 23, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Never heard about System76 stuffs till now. Looks like it is AWESOME.

  145. Mark Silos
    October 23, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I will love this one......

  146. druv vb
    October 23, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Haha, competition ends on Friday, November 9th, my 27th birthday. Lets see if I get a surprise gift that day...

  147. Anonymous
    October 23, 2012 at 8:51 am


  148. Sri Vastav Reddy
    October 23, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Thanks Danny for this amazing review, i am personally looking forward for more reviews and Giveaways :)
    and love to get my hands on this Lappy :-)

  149. Marc Lucke
    October 23, 2012 at 7:32 am

    I put in the pass system76 & got back "The giveaway code you entered was incorrect. Please refresh the page to try again. If you think that you've entered the code correctly, then please check your inbox for our email confirmation."

    will begging help?

    • Aminos Amigos
      October 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      ***Don't press enter
      *** check the code again
      *** use points :)

  150. Anandu B Ajith
    October 23, 2012 at 7:24 am

    MeanGreeen Wallpaper

    • Danny Stieben
      October 24, 2012 at 1:44 am

      Go Mean Green! :)

      • Anandu B Ajith
        October 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm

        Gone Mean Green Wallpaper In MY Ubuntu 12.04

  151. Boni Oloff
    October 23, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Looks interesting, buti am not fans of Linux, i think wont enter this giveaway, so good luck for all.

  152. zack2012
    October 23, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Wow, this laptop is really cool with Linux. I mean it and hope to get it!

  153. Jacques Fortuin
    October 23, 2012 at 7:06 am

    What an excellent article about Sytem76. It opened my eyes in terms of Open Source - never realised there were laptops built specifically for it. I run Ubuntu as part of a dual boot on my system which is about 4 years old (Dell XPS) and it works much faster with Ubuntu than with Windows 7.
    I can only imagine what Sytem76 will run like.

    Nice work MakeUseOf. Keep up the excellent work and magnificent articles!!

  154. Ryan Borja
    October 23, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Nice one! MakeUseOf giveaways are so cool!

  155. Michael Reese
    October 23, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Luck be a laptop tonight!!!

  156. SImon
    October 23, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Would love to try Linux now my Mac honeymoon is over, although I still prefer it head and shoulders over PC.

  157. Andrei Anikin
    October 23, 2012 at 4:30 am

    looks great, thanks for the giveaway!

  158. Karthik
    October 23, 2012 at 4:16 am


    This is a nice giveaway... I could replace my 8 yrs old desktop if i can win this giveaway...

    here are my shares..


  159. Harold Craig
    October 23, 2012 at 4:10 am

    top of the line, be great to have

  160. Myzchel S.
    October 23, 2012 at 4:09 am

    As always, great review! I could really use a new laptop, like SERIOUSLY!

  161. Joop Gobes
    October 23, 2012 at 3:47 am

    I've just read the article about system76 and I think it is very impressive and wouldn;t mind winning this laptop. Just one thing I need to get more understanding about because I am just an older computer user, is: What are the differences between the Ubuntu versions you are talking about and is Ubuntu the same as linux?

    • Danny Stieben
      October 24, 2012 at 1:43 am

      Yes, Ubuntu is the same thing as Linux. Ubuntu is essentially a flavor (distribution) of Linux. The other "Ubuntu versions" I was talking about are actually other Linux flavors.

      • Anandu B Ajith
        October 26, 2012 at 9:50 am

        then Ubuntu Devariatives

  162. Nancy B
    October 23, 2012 at 3:42 am

    Love the aluminum finish and the System 76!
    Please let me win something for a change!

  163. Brijan Anand
    October 23, 2012 at 3:25 am

    This one's a real beast. Brilliant giveaway! :D

  164. Jorge Bascur
    October 23, 2012 at 3:25 am

    Looks really great. Here's to winning this one

  165. Asriel Allolinggi
    October 23, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Very Great Linux Bulit-in Notebook.
    I wish to win this Giveaway and have this Notebook soon..:-)

  166. raymond mcnatt
    October 23, 2012 at 2:57 am

    I don't own a laptop winning this one will change that

  167. Timothy Vels
    October 23, 2012 at 2:43 am

    The pc looks awesome because of the sharp edges and style.
    No dual graphics cause it will be a hard time switching in linux. cause it aint like in windows.
    but really i7, it is great to use. love it :)

  168. Dmitriy Sukhanov
    October 23, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Thanks for the chance!

  169. ferdinan Sitohang
    October 23, 2012 at 2:19 am

    After Read your review, it is completely a very good and may be the better laptop for linux distribution. With high technology and sweet design makes it perfect. Love to have it as my personal laptop for me to start my class next year with linux inside. Hope i can win it. Peace...

  170. William Hoover
    October 23, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Awesome giveaway! Long live the open source world! =)

  171. Jean Hillyer
    October 23, 2012 at 2:01 am

    My dream come true! I remember thinking about Linux when IBM's OS/2 was getting walloped by Microsoft. Linux is truly the alternative of choice for me!

  172. Terrence
    October 23, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Love your articles. Just post me the laptop I'd love it.

  173. satoshi
    October 23, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Thanks for this newsletter, it's a good laptop.

  174. Kaushik Medhi
    October 23, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Excellent review ! Many many Thanks for this outstanding Giveaway contest ! I like opensource ! I like Linux ! Moreover I like to own this cool System76 Gazelle Professional laptop ! So please count me in the draw ! I want it ! I m really very very excited to win it ! You R mind-blowing ! Thanks !!

  175. Yuja
    October 23, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I like UBUNTU :)

  176. Marcel Delorme
    October 23, 2012 at 12:55 am

    That is one sweet machine. I prefer Mint to other Distros, but I'm in for Linux in general. A grand is more than I can afford as a college student who just scored his first part time job in years.

    • Danny Stieben
      October 24, 2012 at 1:39 am

      Linux Mint should work very well on this laptop, as it's Ubuntu based and I'm sure the System76 drivers would install on it just fine.

    • Danny Stieben
      October 24, 2012 at 1:40 am

      And I know what you mean. College does make money matters a bit tighter. Going through all of that myself right now.

  177. Jimmie Breland
    October 23, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Love the linux os .

  178. Beau
    October 23, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Thank you for being an informative, instructive and generous company. Enjoy your posts..

  179. Anish T A
    October 23, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway.

  180. Manny Miller
    October 23, 2012 at 12:41 am

    I used Ubuntu on a low end laptop; slow but usable. Would LOVE to try it on a HIGH END laptop!

  181. Peter
    October 23, 2012 at 12:25 am

    I will win this! :D

  182. Chris Trak
    October 23, 2012 at 12:20 am

    That's awesome.........

  183. Marlon Barri
    October 23, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Cool laptop, it would be a PC replacement in terms of specs.. Nice review!

  184. illegal3alien
    October 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Looks like a great laptop. First time I've heard of system76, but it they've done a good job on build quality.

  185. Terrence
    October 22, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    I never find out who wins the competitions. It would be nice to know so we all can see it isn't a scam.

  186. weebit
    October 22, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    This is so cool I have been wanting one of these system76 laptops for three and a half years. I sure hope I am lucky. I think I am! I think I am! ...

  187. Rigoberto Garcia
    October 22, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Great Danny. Thanks

  188. Sonia Wisdom
    October 22, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    This has my name all over it!

  189. Igor Rizvi?
    October 22, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Looks so sweeeeet :D

  190. Brian Mok
    October 22, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    The 1080p screen is just amazing! :)

  191. REBECCA
    October 22, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    this thing is AWESOME! Hope I win it!

  192. Katherine Persons
    October 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    What an awesome laptop

  193. matt andrews
    October 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Never had a linux machine, maybe i will be

  194. Yang Yang Li
    October 22, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Having trouble entering the giveaway using my points. The option does not appear even though I am logged in. I have tried logging out and then logging in multiple times. Guess I'll have to pass on this great labtop. Was really looking forward to winning an actual business class labtop. 3 USB 3.0 ports + Full HDMI (not the mini) + VGA + Ethernet + eSATA + a DVD drive = total connectivity awesomeness. Only ports it is missing are phone jack, ExpressCard slots, Firewire/Thunderbolt, and Smartcard.

  195. Yang Yang Li
    October 22, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    This is why I continue to visit MakeUseOf. What other website reviews Linux labtops! This labtop looks sweet despite its use of a generic case. I really wish Jackson Chung will keep this for himself, get off that Mac!

    • Yang Yang Li
      October 22, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Didn't realize this is Danny's post. I've grown used to Jackson doing all the giveaways :-/

      • Jackson Chung
        October 23, 2012 at 5:33 am

        LOL that's alright, Yang. Danny is our in-house Linux expert so it was only fitting that he review this Sytem76 laptop. I'll stick to my Macs, thank you very much! :)

      • Danny Stieben
        October 24, 2012 at 1:30 am

        Haha no problem! I'm really glad that I was able to review something like this!

  196. Zero
    October 22, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Specs good. The design is not very attractive, and price point is a bit high, just my opinion.

  197. Ron Morrow
    October 22, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Nice nice. Want want!

  198. carole allen
    October 22, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Looks and sounds fantastic. Like it's capabilities. Been waiting for a laptop like the System 76. Want to win it.

  199. Snert
    October 22, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    If I win this laptop I'll finally find out just how much fun a 1/4 kilo of C4 works with my 8 year old Windows dinosaur.

    • Danny Stieben
      October 24, 2012 at 1:27 am

      Promise that you'll share photos? :)

  200. carole allen
    October 22, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Looks and sounds fantastic. Always wanted a laptop like the System 76.

  201. Carl Jenkins
    October 22, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I have not used a Linux distro since Mandrake 7. The main reason is that I didn't have an extra computer to fully dedicate to another OS. Winning a rig like this fulfills my desire to run Linux again. Thanks for offering the System76 laptop.

  202. Andrew Parsons
    October 22, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Great a laptop to use for linux. Good luck all

  203. Palle Paulsen
    October 22, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Who need Gates in a world without fences

  204. Scutterman
    October 22, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Something like this could be very useful for when I get into developing PC games. My current plan is to run Linux inside a VM, but if I have the money I'll look into getting one of these.

    • Danny Stieben
      October 24, 2012 at 1:26 am

      They're amazing little beasts, I tell you. You can get a lot done with them.

  205. peter
    October 22, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    If I win this laptop, I'll (buy and then) eat my hat.

  206. Andy H
    October 22, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Would love to win a new laptop!

  207. mackito
    October 22, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Didn't even knew about the System76! In hopes of winning. :D

  208. Helen Gowland
    October 22, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Would love to try the Linux. I have both a Mac and Windows as I tutor SeniorNet folk. To use and acquire knowledge of the Linux would be a bonus.
    Keep up the good work "Make Use Of" I love your site and have gleaned so much information from you.

  209. Emmalyn Salavaria
    October 22, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    hope to win!

  210. TeresaC
    October 22, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Thank you so much for an awesome giveaway!!!

    I would really like to win a System76 laptop!!

  211. Al Soto
    October 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Nobody needs this more than I.

    • Michael Hazell
      October 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      I think I do :P

  212. alejandro munera
    October 22, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Wow. At last something (that I've seen) made specifically for Linux that looks as great as the system it operates on.

  213. Keith D.
    October 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Wow! I am impressed with System76!!

  214. Abdelkader Hadjaissa
    October 22, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Thats a great giveaway

  215. Pawan Dubey
    October 22, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Good laptop, but it is not cleared what version of ubuntu will this be running out of the box?
    Although I would prefer 12.04, I would take it for any :P

    • Jackson Chung
      October 23, 2012 at 5:31 am

      Currently, System76 offers the Gazelle Professional with 12.10 preinstalled.

      • Pawan Dubey
        October 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm

        Ah! Thank you Jackson

    • Michael Hazell
      October 23, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      I think that System76 said that they have always offered the latest version of Ubuntu, with the exception of their servers. They offer long term support server releases on those.

    • Danny Stieben
      October 24, 2012 at 1:22 am

      Both Jackson and Michael are correct. The unit the winner receives will include 12.10 because it is the latest version of Ubuntu. My own unit includes 12.04 even though it's brand new because it was purchased roughly two weeks before 12.10 came out.

  216. John Stiers
    October 22, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    A longtime user of ubuntu and virtual box....A new laptop dedicated to Linux would be GREAT!!

  217. Louis Scott
    October 22, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I wish!

  218. Brian Pearson
    October 22, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Type your comment here.

  219. Tim Marshall
    October 22, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I'd love to dip my toes in Ubuntu!

  220. William Lutz
    October 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    The system76 would fit quite nicely in my private recording studio. The Korg Oasys Workstation which runs on the Linux OS is the heart of my own creativity and when I find that there is no need to fire up the Pro-Tools LE, Audacity serves as a reliable alternative. Definitely a nice fit!

  221. william akin
    October 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  222. SK
    October 22, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Hello. Thank you so much for this great giveaway. I would love to participate in it.

    Thank you so much.

    Yours Sincerely,


  223. ??????? ???????
    October 22, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Great review and giveaway.

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  224. Anonymous
    October 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Really great contest

  225. randy
    October 22, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Done .

  226. Nez
    October 22, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    This is a very nice Laptop, good luck to everyone.

  227. Mike Markwick
    October 22, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    A fabulous reveiw of the System 76 it sounds like a great piece of machinery I have heard a lot about Ubuntu and would love to have on a laptop I have read it is a very stable system I would love to be put in the draw for this lovely looking machine. thanks

  228. Jill Davis
    October 22, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I want this one ..I have been using Ubuntu and trying to convince others to get away from Microsoft but so far they are too scared..the most common response is that it looks different..

    • Danny Stieben
      October 24, 2012 at 1:19 am

      Sadly that's true. However, if those people would be willing to switch to a Mac, then they're just lying.

      Linux is still getting more and more intuitive every day!

  229. Ian Patterson
    October 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Make-use-of has been one of the most useful sites I have followed in over twnety years of battling with computers.
    Much appreciated by me and those I have told.

    This System76 looks like the machine that will finally get me off Windows. I have always had problems with WiFi with my other laptops I have owned in the past.

    • Danny Stieben
      October 24, 2012 at 1:18 am

      Thanks for following MakeUseOf so loyally! :)

      The advanced wireless combo included in this unit should definitely help alleviate some of those WiFi issues.

  230. Jonathan Mack
    October 22, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Nice! That is a sharp looking laptop.

  231. Biplob Manna
    October 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    A masterpiece of a machine and the best possible thing for a linux user!

  232. Krishna Vallabhaneni
    October 22, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    This is overall a sweet machine a nice upgrade from the 2nd gen i3 im running at the moment.

  233. Eric Rosenberg
    October 22, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I really like this computer! Hope that I win it as well!

  234. Cristina Torrão
    October 22, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I sure need a brand new substitute for my 4 years old hp notebook, but linux scares me a little, I'm too used to windows :P
    But this would make a wonderful birthday present anyhow :D

  235. James Henning
    October 22, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Way to go!

  236. James Henning
    October 22, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Linux is the way to go

  237. David
    October 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Great giveaway! Thanks MUO, I use your site daily; keep up the good work!

  238. Shadow Akuma
    October 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    This laptop is so cool. I run Ubuntu 12.04 on my own laptop but it's at least 5 years old and it's showing it's age the more Ubuntu continues on. I can't even use GNOME on it. Something like this would be awesome and even if I don't win, I really am thinking about buying a laptop like this.

  239. Sherri Johnson
    October 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    This would be a great win. This laptop rocks!!!

  240. Vicky Gregory Moss
    October 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I am just learning my way around Linux -- using Suse. I must admit, it is much smoother than Windows for many things. I would love to get my hands on this laptop and really learn my way around.

  241. Thomas Taylor
    October 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Could you run Windows 7 in a VM if you had specific Windows needs?

    • Danny Stieben
      October 24, 2012 at 1:17 am

      Sure! This system has more than enough grunt to do that as well as a couple other things on the side.

  242. Ronald Chambers
    October 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Great offer!

  243. Trevor Lister
    October 22, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Run Linux on my Asus laptop, love it

  244. daniel dawson
    October 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Looks great and love the color

  245. Kevin Richard
    October 22, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Awesome review for a great laptop! This would be so cool to have for my development work. Right now I'm tied to my desk using a desktop. Great writeup....keep 'em coming.

  246. Dan Valentin
    October 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Linux rulz!Awesome giveaway!

  247. Malkhaz Abuladze
    October 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks for another great offer!

  248. Scott Thomas
    October 22, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Wow! That's a beautiful machine!

    • Scott Thomas
      October 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Man, I went back last night and did more reading about this laptop. This makes me want to put it on my wish list for my next machine. I'm only about a 10% Linux user, but this would force a paradigm shift, making me want to use Linux on my daily-driver!

      • Danny Stieben
        October 24, 2012 at 1:16 am

        I'm glad you're so excited about it! It's definnitely a great way to enjoy Linux in a worry-free environment. In case after much playing around you still don't like Linux, the laptop is still good for Windows.

        (But Linux is better.)


  249. Amjad Khan
    October 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    thanks for the all the information.................................

  250. Keefe Kingston
    October 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I never knew they built laptops just for Linux! Neat!

  251. Shawn Dreelin
    October 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Oh sweet! My current Linux laptop is almost on it's last legs....winning this would be a dream!

  252. Anonymous
    October 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Please select me and get me out of the Windows hell

  253. Ahmed Khalil
    October 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    another new giveaway, i hope to win one day!!

  254. Don Danforth
    October 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Looks real good

  255. Josh Hill
    October 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Personally, I love Ubuntu. I have run it on multiple machines and it seems to be more user friendly by the day. Problem has always been with components. It would be awesome to have machine that works with everything natively. Would love to have this one!

  256. Joseph Potter
    October 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I hope I Win this it would be great and I am very familiar with Ubuntu.... :-)

  257. Saeed Ashour
    October 22, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    need it for my work

  258. lowell
    October 22, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    System76 is the precursor to System77...cheers

  259. Bill Kocken
    October 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I've been meaning to try Linux. This would be my chance!

  260. Adjei Kofi
    October 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    wow. this is my first time seeing a laptop that ships with Ubuntu. cool. Hope to win this.

  261. VS Vishnu
    October 22, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    great giveaway..

  262. Carolyn Barnett
    October 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    This is an amazing giveaway.I liked on facebook as Carolyn Barnett and tweeted as @CarolynRBarnett and shared on google+ as Carolyn Barnett

  263. Joe Johaneman
    October 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Looks like a great machine!

  264. Daniel Gregory
    October 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    looks pretty solid

  265. jagadeesh gaddipati
    October 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    linux ftw!!!!

  266. James
    October 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Thats just what I need because I will not be buying any tablets anyway, I like a good-old fashioned Laptop. Cannot wait to receive this so I can tell my friends that MakeuseOf really is a great website that gives away stuff to its readers...
    You are aren't you?>?

  267. Alfredo V Ramirez
    October 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm


  268. Ronald Smith
    October 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I would love to have this laptop! Thanks for the nice review and this great opportunity!

  269. Sebastian Hadinata
    October 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Me want :D Going to install the new Ubuntu 12.10. Btw, nice login screen you have there.

    • Danny Stieben
      October 24, 2012 at 1:15 am

      Thanks! :)

  270. Spyros Zindros
    October 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks For The system76

  271. Aleksey Vinogradov
    October 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Nice giveaway...count me, please.

  272. Ira Brandstein
    October 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I would love this machine!!!!

  273. Max Shayani
    October 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Very Interesting information, thanks for the publication.

  274. Joe Leach
    October 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Always wanted to learn Linux. I guess I could start by winning this laptop. Nice laptop....:)

  275. Max Shayani
    October 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Very Interesting information, thank you for publishing it.

  276. Abderrahmane Zerifi
    October 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    count me, please.

  277. John Pavelko
    October 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    What an impressive system

  278. Jerome Bijl
    October 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Ubuntu forever!

  279. Jim Cashion
    October 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    WOW, this is a great machine! I would love to have it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  280. Anonymous
    October 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Looks Great !!!! Linux all the way !!!!

  281. Marcin
    October 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    That will be a great gift for my birthday in 3rd december.

  282. Leo Bien Durana
    October 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks for the chance guys!

  283. Wout Bracke
    October 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Lets hope i win ;)

  284. Frank Foley
    October 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    A nice replacement for my aging PC.
    I assume it's free delivery.
    That was a lame attempt at humor.

  285. Eugene Yaschenko
    October 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks for giveaway!

  286. Evgeny
    October 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I've been using (K)Ubuntu since 9.04, I believe.
    Finally a chance to get a Ubuntu-branded laptop, yay!

  287. Dave Rimmer
    October 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Great review of a really great laptop, would love this never had a laptop so this would be a brill time to win so count me in and thanks, fingers & toes crossed for this one. Can you use your points for an extra entry on this, Once again thanks for the chance.

    • Jackson Chung
      October 23, 2012 at 5:29 am

      Of course, go ahead! Good luck.

      • Dave Rimmer
        October 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm

        Thanks didn't see a link for it before, never mind though done it now thanks Jackson for the reply.

      • Michael Hazell
        October 23, 2012 at 11:31 pm

        What? You can use extra points on this? That is sorta unfair to new members of the site.

        • Tom Sobieski
          October 24, 2012 at 12:51 am

          If you're the least bit active here, you have enough points to enter, so kwitcherbichun

        • Danny Stieben
          October 24, 2012 at 1:14 am

          After commenting on a few articles and sharing some on social networks as well, you'll have enough points for a couple entries into the giveaway. People who have been with the site longer may not want to spend their fortune of points on giveaway entries.

  288. Vincent Yankovitz
    October 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    great gooking

  289. Drew Kindred
    October 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Would enjoy trying out this System76 machine!

  290. Aminos Amigos
    October 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I could use one !! Testing distros and stuff !

  291. Teresa
    October 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Wow........I would love to win this!!!

    If I could win this I could finally retire my 9 year old Windows XP desktop.

    Thank you soooooo much for such a generous giveaway!!!!!!

    Good luck everyone...but I hope I win!!

  292. Concerned Citizen ?
    October 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Nice giveaway... Thanks !

  293. Randi Benlulu
    October 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    amazing! I love this beautiful laptop

  294. Mayur Godhani
    October 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Again great giveaway !! I would like to own it.

  295. Dave
    October 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I do not have time to stumble around on a Facebook, Twitter or Google + page to enter a giveaway. The codes are not readily visible and it's a wast of time of my time. I read the article, show me the codes?



    • Bob
      October 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Lazy! The Facebook link takes you directly to the code. (System76) And your back button takes you back to the simple form.

    • Jackson Chung
      October 23, 2012 at 5:28 am


      We publish the codes everywhere else aside from this article: on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and through our newsletter, which has just been sent out. So, if you're interested in joining this giveaway and future competitions hosted by us, I highly suggest following us via the aforementioned social channels or subscribe to our newsletter.


      • Tom Sobieski
        October 24, 2012 at 12:50 am

        Begging here Jackson.

  296. Pwince Khan
    October 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    i'm addicted to windows but gosh whatta sexy laptop who wont dump windows for that??? how i wish i had that much luck

  297. Donna
    October 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Can't wait to try it out. I'm feeling lucky today! :)

  298. Richard Borkovec
    October 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    This would be awesome to win! Thanks for the chance to!

  299. vineed gangadharan
    October 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm


  300. Gino
    October 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Cool! Looks great!

  301. Totoy Badiola
    October 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Lemme at it. I have been wanting to experience a Linux platform but afraid to try.

  302. Petey Pabler
    October 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Looks pretty thick, but would LOVE to have it!

    • Danny Stieben
      October 24, 2012 at 1:12 am

      Honestly, it looks thicker than it actually is. I should've included the dimensions in this review, but honestly people can look them up on System76's website.

      Of course, it's definitely not an ultrabook, but it's still decently thin for all the stuff it has inside. In any case, it's thinner than my old laptop.

  303. Muhammad Shahrukh Khan
    October 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I hope I win this. Running linux on my pavilion with switchable graphics was a nightmare.

    • Danny Stieben
      October 24, 2012 at 1:10 am

      I heard the latest Linux kernels are supposed to work better with laptops that have switchable graphics.

  304. Charles Wilson
    October 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm


  305. Fred Louder
    October 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    This sounds like the perfect way to begin a new life with Linux.

    • raymond mcnatt
      October 23, 2012 at 11:51 am

      I was thinking the same thing

    • Michael Hazell
      October 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      Absolutely true. Ubuntu is also a nice distro to use.

    • Anonymous
      October 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Yes, I agree

  306. Derik Cantrell
    October 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I would install gentoo on this. :D

  307. Ashwin Ramesh
    October 22, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Oh boy! Would love to get my hands on this! Hope I win it!

  308. Ravinder Putta
    October 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Thanks For The Giveaway :-)

  309. Roman Vávra
    October 22, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Im not that lucky to win this baby, but System76 is beautiful! :)

  310. Anonymous
    October 22, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    This looks like a great laptop

  311. jerome gonzales
    October 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    i love this kid. coz i love linux and i love android haha. :)

  312. Nevets01
    October 22, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Awesome! Always wanted a System76 laptop. :D

  313. Peter
    October 22, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Mean Green! UNT alumni here. Give me ups on this sweet laptop! Yeah! See you at Jupiter coffee- I'll be the guy running BT5 stealing everyone's password with my new System76 machine!

    • Michael Hazell
      October 23, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      I hope you don't really steal people's passwords. That's just mean.

      • Peter
        October 26, 2012 at 3:47 am

        The appropriate hacker response is, "only for testing purposes."

        Go Eagles!

        • Michael Hazell
          October 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm

          Okay then...

        • Danny Stieben
          October 29, 2012 at 4:06 pm

          Don't worry, he's just messing around with you.

    • Danny Stieben
      October 24, 2012 at 1:09 am

      Great to see UNT people checking out MakeUseOf! Go Mean Green!