System76 Lemur Ultra Laptop
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Specifications

  • 14.1" 720p High Definition LED Backlit Display ( 1366 x 768 )
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3210M Processor
    2.50GHz 3MB L3 Cache - 2 Cores plus Hyperthreading
  • 16 GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz - 2 X 8 GB*
  • 120 GB Intel 520 Series SATA III 6 Gb/s Solid State Disk Drive*
  • 8X DVD±R/RW/4X +DL Super-Multi Drive
  • Intel Centrino 1030 - 802.11 b/g/n Wireless LAN
    + Bluetooth Combo Module
  • 2 Year Warranty and 2 Year Technical Support*
  • Ubuntu 16.04 64-bit
  • Windows 10 Professional 64-bit** (Updated from Windows 8)

    *    Upgraded from the basic configuration
    **   Installed later as a dual-boot

How to install the System76 Driver

Once you’ve upgraded Ubuntu, you’ll need to download and install the System76 Driver. Open the Terminal app (search Terminal from the Ubuntu dash or press Ctrl+Alt+T), then enter the following commands:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:system76-dev/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install system76-driver

My Computer Needs

I needed a laptop to use for Windows and Linux presentations. The laptop will be used when I do an occasional on-site computer job.

I did not need a desktop replacement but I wanted some extra speed; hence the reason of going with an SSD and 16GB of RAM.

My hard drive partitioning scheme can be found here.

My WEI (Windows Experience Index) can be found here.

Booting from a USB external enclosure

I use a Zalman ZM-VE300-B 2.5" USB 3.0 HDD External Enclosure with a OCZ 128GB Vertex 4 SSD with different ISO's located on the drive. This combined with the large amount of RAM and USB 3.0 allows me to boot almost anything into RAM for demonstration purposes.
http://www.zalman.com/eng/product/Product_Read.php?Idx=674
The Zalman ZM-VE300-B is discontinued. Other updated models are available.
http://www.zalman.com/eng/product/CategorySecond_Pic.php

Booting from a USB flash drive

I use a Microsoft Windows-to-Go USB flash drive with the System76 laptop.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_To_Go http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831833.aspx http://www.supertalent.com/products/stt_usb_detail.php?type=USB%203.0%20Express%20RC8#

I have been booting a variety of Linux distributions and other tools from my Mushkin Enhanced Ventura Ultra 120GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model MKNUFDVU120GB using a multiple USB creator called YUMI.
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/
http://poweredbymushkin.com/index.php/component/djcatalog2/item?id=751:ventura-ultra-120gb-flash-drive&cid=33:ventura-ultra 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2W01E90761

The MUSHKIN is made with the removable media bit permanently turned off. This means that in Windows 10 it will show up as a fixed drive rather than a removable USB drive.

I split the 120GB flash drive into two partitions; one FAT32 and one NTFS.

I installed multiple Linux distributions and other tools onto the FAT32 partition using YUMI. YUMI works great with my Apple MacBook Air mid-2013 laptop.

The NTFS partition is used to keep assorted files and larger 4 GB plus files on it.

Disassembly Notes

Changing basic components is easy. Carefully lift the back panel very slowly from the finger indentation on the left side of the panel. The fan is attached to the panel, not the inside of the computer. Once the back panel is raised slightly, then disconnect the cable from the motherboard.

Closing Comments

Purchasing a System76 laptop has proven to be an excellent choice for me. The laptop runs extremely fast and everything in Linux works with the System76 driver.