In my post last week, Time For A Linux Laptop, I discussed how my options were rather slim when it came to combining Linux, good processing power, and machines on the smaller end of the laptop scale.
The bar by which I had been measuring everything was the now discontinued Darter Ultra, by System76, which was what I had planned to buy this month, at least, until it vanished from their website’s selection of laptop computers back in the end of February.
Well, despite my lack of options, I’ve made a purchase, and it’s arriving today.
What I ended up with
I was pretty dismayed by what I’d found out there when I was doing my laptop search over the past couple of months. It was looking like I’d end up compromising either on processor power or RAM (or both), or I’d end up having to go up in size, and neither compromise made me very excited about spending this kind of money on something that wasn’t exactly what I wanted.
Well, I finally heard back from System76, and they told me something that changed the whole landscape. They had ONE Darter Ultra left!!!
Evidently, in the small laptop world (i.e., in the 12″ to 14″ scale), there are supply issues, because everywhere I have been looking, they’ve been disappearing or being marked as “out of stock”. The Darter Ultra at System76 was no exception. This is why they discontinued it.
However, they let me know that they had one remaining and wanted to know if I was interested.
Here are the specs:
Extra AC Adapter
Hard Drive: 320 GB 7200 RPM SATA II
Memory: 6 GB – DDR2 800 MHZ x 2 DIMMs
Operating System: Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) 64 Bit Linux
Optical Drive: CD-RW / DVD-RW
Processor: Core 2 Duo P9700 2.80 GHz 1066 MHz FSB 6 MB L2 (25 Watt)
Wireless: Intel Wi-Fi Link 5300 – 802.11A/B/G/N Up to 450 Mbps
And, it’s a 12″ diagonal screen, which is just what I wanted. All this for $1,400 with free shipping.
It arrives today, and I’m pretty stoked. Discontinued model or not, I’m going to do a full writeup, most likely in several parts. I’m planning a post to document my first impressions of it (complete with plenty of photos), and another post a few weeks down the road to go into what I think of it after using it for a while.
Stick around for more!