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IndustryComputer hardware
Founded2005; 16 years ago (2005)
Area served
Key people
Carl Richell (CEO)
ProductsDesktops, netbooks, notebooks, servers
Number of employees
40[citation needed]

System76 is an American computer manufacturer[1][2][3][4] based in Denver, Colorado, specializing in the sale of notebooks, desktops, and servers. The company supports free and open-source software, offering either Ubuntu or their own Ubuntu-based Linux distribution, Pop!_OS, as the preinstalled operating system.[5]


System76 was founded by Carl Richell and Erik Fetzer.[6] In 2003, Fetzer registered the domain to sell computers with the Linux operating system preinstalled. The idea was not pursued until two years later.

In mid-2005, Richell and Fetzer's most important and challenging question in the early stages of the company was that of which Linux distribution to use. Their quest to bring Linux to the mass market required choosing the best distribution for their customers. Red Hat Enterprise Linux, OpenSUSE, Yoper and other distributions were considered and dismissed. Ubuntu was initially dismissed, but Richell and Fetzer changed their mind quickly after giving it a more thorough evaluation. Furthermore, Richell was particularly fond of Canonical’s business model: completely free software, which was backed by commercial support as necessary. The first computers sold by System76 shipped with Ubuntu 5.10 Breezy Badger preinstalled.[7]

In response to Canonical Ltd. switching to GNOME for future releases of Ubuntu, System76 announced in May 2017 a new shell theme called Pop.[8] To further their efforts in making Ubuntu fit more with System76's vision, the company announced in June 2017 that it would be creating its own Linux distribution based on Ubuntu called Pop!_OS.[8][9]

Company name[edit]

The number 76 in the company name alludes to the year 1776, when the American Revolution took place. The company founders likewise hope to ignite an open source revolution, ultimately leading to a situation in which consumers do not rely primarily on proprietary software.[7]


System76's products are typically named after the fauna of Africa.



Past systems[edit]

  • Wild Dog Pro
  • Leopard WS
  • Silverback WS


The servers sold by System76 were some of the first servers to offer the Ubuntu Linux distribution pre-installed.[17] Recent models, as of 2012, have garnered generally positive reviews, which cite value and hardware compatibility as primary advantages.[18]


Screenshot of Pop! OS Workspaces and Window Snapping
Pop!_OS Workspaces and Window Snapping

Pop!_OS is a Linux distribution developed by System76, based on Ubuntu by Canonical Ltd. and using the GNOME Desktop Environment. It is intended for use by "developers, makers, and computer science professionals".[20] Pop!_OS provides full disk encryption by default as well as streamlined window management, workspaces, and keyboard shortcuts for navigation.[9]

Community relations[edit]

The company has a history of sponsoring the Ubuntu Developer Summit, Southern California Linux Expo, and other Open Source/Linux events and conferences.[21] Their official support forums are hosted by Canonical Ltd., the primary developer of Ubuntu.[22]

System76 is an active member in the Colorado Ubuntu Community, serving as the corporate sponsor for Ubuntu LoCo events and release parties in downtown Denver.[23][better source needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Yegulalp, Serdar (October 14, 2013). "Preloaded Linux systems: Weighing the options". Computerworld. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  2. ^ Sanders, James (October 28, 2015). "The two reasons why software companies are making hardware". TechRepublic. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  3. ^ Gilbertson, Scott (November 22, 2016). "System76 Oryx Pro review: Linux in a laptop has never been better". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  4. ^ Hinum, Klaus (August 23, 2013). "Clevo, MSI, and Compal Barebones". Translated by Martina Osztovits. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  5. ^ Stevens, Tim (January 25, 2011). "System 76 brings Sandy Bridge to Ubuntu with Gazelle and Serval laptops". Engadget. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  6. ^ Bhartiya, Swapnil (2011-04-30). "Exclusive Interview With System 76 CEO Carl Richell". Muktware. Archived from the original on 2013-02-16. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  7. ^ a b Richell, Carl. "How System76 Began". Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Making Ubuntu Pop". System76 Blog. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  9. ^ a b "Pop!_OS by System76". Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  10. ^ "Laptops - System76". System76. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  11. ^ Salter, Jim (September 10, 2020). "System76's Lemur Pro: A powerful, ultralight OEM Linux laptop". Ars Technica. Condé Nast. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g "Laptops - System76". System76. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  13. ^ Portnoy, Sean (January 31, 2019). "System76 prepping updated Darter Pro Linux laptop". ZDNet. Retrieved Apr 13, 2019.
  14. ^ a b c d "Desktops - System76". System76. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Desktops - System76". System76. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  16. ^ "Thelio Mega - Machine Learning for Weather Prediction". YouTube. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  17. ^ Voicu, Daniel. "System76 Sells Servers with Ubuntu 7.10 Pre-installed". Softpedia. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  18. ^ Hess, Kenneth. "The 7 Best Servers for Linux". Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  19. ^ a b c d e "Servers - System76". System76. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  20. ^ King, Bertel, Jr. (10 November 2017). "Pop!_OS Has Arrived: How Does It Compare to Ubuntu?". Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  21. ^ "Ubuntu Developer Summit Sponsors". Canonical Ltd. 2012-10-01. Archived from the original on October 10, 2012.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  22. ^ "System76 Support". Ubuntu Forums. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  23. ^ Overcash, David. "Colo Loco Team". LoCoTeams. Wiki.Ubuntu. Retrieved 29 January 2013.

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