Recently, I began a position which allows me to ride the bus to and from work, giving me a lot of free time to read or develop. My home laptop is a 15.4″ widescreen which is a little too much to tote around on the bus, so I decided to purchase a netbook. After a few months of researching, I found one that I really wanted.
I had never even heard of System76 until one day when I saw a man close to my age on the bus using one. You know how you can somewhat tell when someone is using Linux (intense look, typing quickly, half-smiling like they have a secret)? This interested me, so when I got home and googled System76 I was happy to see that my assumption of the man using a Linux netbook was correct.
First of all, when I opened the box for my Starling, I was happy to see that there wasn’t a whole lot of junk inside the box. There was a computer, some packaging to make sure it survived shipment, and a power cable. There was no manual per se, only a single-page welcome with a couple of Ubuntu stickers. The manual and any documentation for the computer is available online at knowledge76.com. If this kind of thing puts you off to buying a computer, maybe it’s not the right choice for you. If, on the other hand, you believe in the ease-of-use provided by Ubuntu Linux, more powerful and higher-quality hardware than most Windows netbooks, you should probably read on.
Display: 10.1″ HD WSVGA Super Clear Ultra-Bright LED backlit (1024 x 600)
Networking: LAN (10/100), WiFi
Wireless: 802.11 bgn
Dimensions: 10.47″ x 7.28″ x 0.72~1.0″ (WxDxH)
Weight: 2.0 lbs.
See the System76 for complete base options and available upgrades. Continue reading for a summary and review.
I chose the Starling for a number of reasons:
- I love Linux
- I wanted a portable computer
- I wanted extra memory for software development
- I wanted more than 80GB or 160GB of storage
- I wanted a display that wouldn’t hurt my eyes
- I wanted trustworthy hardware
Thankfully, the Starling answered all of my needs and more.
I chose the Coral Red Soft Rubber finish.