Review: The ideal Linux laptop for power users – Network World

Most laptops are boring.

One laptop gets slightly better battery life. The one next to it has a slightly faster GPU. That one over there is .00075 nanometers thinner. Minor differences. It’s rare that a laptop actually stands out as being really and truly different. Unique. Ballsy.

And the Serval Workstation “laptop,” without any doubt, qualifies as unabashedly ballsy. And, as luck would have it, the folks over at System76 sent me one to play with for a few weeks. You know. To properly evaluate its ballsiness.

Let’s start with the fact that this isn’t really a “laptop.” The guts of the Serval Workstation make it more desktop than laptop. Desktop-class 4-GHz i7 processor. 16GB of DDR3 RAM. 128GB SSD. And, for the GPU, a 6GB nVidia GeForce GTX 970M.

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