System76 Announces Two Linux Laptops With Coreboot And Intel Comet Lake Chips

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System76 has announced two Linux laptops that feature the open source BIOS alternative coreboot. The company will ship the Galago Pro and the Darter Pro with Intel Comet Lake processors from the end of October.

According to System76, coreboot boots 29 percent faster than the BIOS version that the company previously delivered on its laptops. Coreboot is an open source alternative to the closed bios and efi firmwares and Chromebooks, among others, use it. In addition, Purism, among others, uses it for its Linux laptops.

In addition, according to System76, the laptops must be more secure because “unnecessary functionality from the firmware has been disabled, such as network connectivity and execution environments.” For example, the Intel Management Engine is disabled. Phoronix points out that the coreboot firmware may still contain binary blobs from Intel’s Firmware Support Package.

The Galago Pro has a 14.1 “screen and has a starting price of $ 949, converted and with VAT 1043 euros. The Darter Pro has a 15.6 “screen and starts from 999 dollars, or 1097 euros converted and with VAT be delivered.

On the left the Dater Pro, on the right the Galaco Pro

Operating system Pop!_OS 19.10 (64-bit), Pop!_OS 18.04 LTS (64-bit), Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (64-bit)
Firmware System76 Open Firmware (Coreboot, EDK2, System76 Firmware Apps)
Processors Core i5-10210U: 1.6 – 4.2 GHz – 6MB Cache – 4 Cores – 8 Threads
Core i7-10510U: 1.8 – 4.9GHz – 8MB Cache – 4 Cores – 8 Threads
Display Galago Pro: 14.1″, 1920×1080, matte
Darter Pro: 15.6″ 1920×1080, matte
graphics Intel UHD Graphics
Memory Up to 32GB Dual Channel DDR4 @ 2666MHz
Storage Galago Pro: m2 SSD, 2.5″, up to 6TB
Darter Pro: m2 sata or pci-e nvme ssd up to 2T
IO Galago Pro: usb 3.1 type-c with Thunderbolt 3, 2 × usb 3.1 type-a, sd card reader
Darter Pro: usb 3.1 type-c with Thunderbolt 3, 2 × usb 3.0 type-a, 1 x usb 2.0, sd card reader
Input Multi-touch touchpad, backlit keyboard
Network gigabit Ethernet, Intel Wireless-AC, bluetooth 5
Video ports hdmi, mini display port
audio Stereo speakers, mic, headphone jack, mic jack, 5.1 (hdmi)
Camera 720p HD Webcam
Security Disabled ME, Kensington Lock
Battery Galago Pro: Li-Ion – 35.3 Wh
Darter Pro: Li-Ion – 54.5 Wh
charger 40 W, AC-in 100–240 V, 50–60 Hz
Dimensions Galago Pro: 18×330×225mm)
Darter Pro: 19.8 × 360.4 × 244.6mm
Weight Galago Pro: 1.3 kg
Darter Pro: 1.6kg

Depending on configuration

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