Linked by Adam S on Wed 23rd May 2007 23:54 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems If online articles and blogs are any indication of things, the number of Linux users migrating to, and satisfied with, Ubuntu GNU/Linux seems to be staggering. Given that, it was only a matter of time before a capable company had the resources to offer accessible, affordable Linux desktops and notebooks that delivered the way that Apple's products have. Colorado-based System76 sent us their Darter Ultra for review, and proved that there is an OEM hardware/software combination capable of being the primary PC for the general public.
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RE: Also Price
by Anonymous Penguin on Thu 24th May 2007 11:58 UTC in reply to "Also Price"
Anonymous Penguin
Member since:
2005-07-06

Exactly. I had been checking the same thing before reading your post.

Macbook:

Specifications

* 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
* 1GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x512
* 120GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
* SuperDrive 8x (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
* Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
* AirPort Extreme Card & Bluetooth

$1,299.00

Darter Ultra with similar specs:

$1,588.00

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RE[2]: Also Price
by Lu-Tze on Thu 24th May 2007 12:54 in reply to "RE: Also Price"
Lu-Tze Member since:
2006-01-10

For those comparing the price with Macbook. This is nearly a pound lighter (5.1 vs 4.3lb). Now many of us might not care about that difference but this kind of weight difference also comes with a price difference. On the other hand, if you customize the Gazelle range (bigger screen - 5.5lb), you get a similar price to the Macbook.

Edited 2007-05-24 12:55

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RE[3]: Also Price
by Anonymous Penguin on Thu 24th May 2007 13:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Also Price"
Anonymous Penguin Member since:
2005-07-06

if you customize the Gazelle range (bigger screen - 5.5lb), you get a similar price to the Macbook.


That is a good point too, although personally I still prefer the Macbook (it runs OS X as well) ;)

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RE[2]: Also Price
by Adam S on Thu 24th May 2007 14:10 in reply to "RE: Also Price"
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

Macbook: [...] $1,299.00
Darter Ultra with similar specs: $1,588.00


The Darter comes with an integrated modem, an integrated memory card reader, more and better located USB ports, and a nice case. Just to make things a little more even.

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RE[3]: Also Price
by Anonymous Penguin on Thu 24th May 2007 14:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Also Price"
Anonymous Penguin Member since:
2005-07-06

OK, I acknowledge that ;)

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RE[3]: Also Price
by nemith on Thu 24th May 2007 15:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Also Price"
nemith Member since:
2005-07-28

And a smaller trackpad, no camera.... and the big kicker: DVI out. I can hook my computer up to my plasma a display photos, or movies, or.... whatever.

I think the better deal is still the Macbook. I don't want to pay 300 bones for a a card reader and a "better located USB".

After using my macbook for a month now I have never thought to myself, "Hey... I wish this laptop had a better located USB port"

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