A REALLY Weird PC… - System76 Thelio Review

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  • Published: 16 June 2019
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    There’s more than one company that makes its own operating system and hardware, and today, we’re taking a look at System76’s Thelio, an open source design you can build yourself.

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  • Linus Tech Tips
    Linus Tech Tips   6 months back

    Use offer code LINUS to get 20% off everything on https://lmg.gg/mospack4

    • C P
      C P  5 months back

      HEY LINUS PLIS MAKE VIDEO THAT COMBINE BOOMBOXSPEAKER AND PC IN 1 BOX,,

    • Kian Moore
      Kian Moore  5 months back

      Do a review on SuperTuxKart. Just so you can be confused

    • midnightwolf
      midnightwolf  5 months back

      Still not big enough to replace my old Targus built for 2 very thick laptops, and tons of accessories.

    • alysdexia
      alysdexia  5 months back

      @lazypizzaguy gibberish

  • Leo Brusselman
    Leo Brusselman  5 hours back

    Choose a Linux distro over MS any time,I don't even consider Apple as OS

    • Jake Hillion
      Jake Hillion  23 hours back

      Pop was my first full time Linux. I've since moved on, but it was great.

      • Kristofher Muñoz Rojas

        Been using Pop! for a year from Ubuntu and never looked back. Nowadays you install Ubuntu and it comes with shitty stuff on the home bar (i.e.: Amazon launcher) and that looks so much how Windows comes with shitware it's scary.

        • Florida Vacation
          Florida Vacation  3 days back

          This guy is one of those vlogers that when I hear his name I immediately remember his commercials, they are like in every video and he puts so much attention to them. He really tries hard to make that dollar), damn he even outs two commercials in one video plus he is advertising razer and shaving cream in video baout Linux , carl!

          • Rapty Axa
            Rapty Axa  4 days back

            ...doesn't SEAL but CONCEALS.


            I'm so mad!

            • Rytis Liaučys
              Rytis Liaučys  5 days back

              To this day, PopOS is my go to distro. Everything on it just works.

              • john savage
                john savage  5 days back

                Linux hasn't yet made it an easy to use OS with support. There are tons of Linux OS, but they don't appeal to everyone easily.

                • Rajarshi Bandopadhyay
                  Rajarshi Bandopadhyay  1 weeks back

                  The way it looks to me, System76 is a hardware company which wanted to go the Apple way, but instead of having to build their OS from scratch as Apple did, they simply tweaked and forked till they got themselves their own Distro.

                  • keb botnet
                    keb botnet  1 weeks back

                    even Linus doesn't use his own freaking OS he created!!! lincucks BTFO!!!!

                    • Fake Name
                      Fake Name  1 weeks back

                      TFW you buy a Mac and it comes with a Linux Distro on it instead of OS X. My feeling is it would be similar to buying a mac for the "Normie" user, expensive and a learning curve that might be more than they'd want to deal with. That said as a Linux user the idea of having support more to the level are what apple offers (when you don't break their mother board you thought was yours) on a linux distro would be nice. sudo apt-get install Better Support <3

                      • Fubar AlAkbar
                        Fubar AlAkbar  1 weeks back

                        Since 1989, there have been exactly three American companies that have created their own personal computers AND their own operating systems for them: Apple, Google, and System 76.
                        Let that sink in.

                        • Conrad Jones
                          Conrad Jones  1 weeks back

                          You need more time to keep windows running than linux

                          • M D
                            M D  2 weeks back

                            I like it very much - just price... ;/

                            • Putty
                              Putty  2 weeks back

                              Linus knows absolutely nothing about Linux and I find it hilarious.

                              • Zen Annies
                                Zen Annies  2 weeks back

                                I really wish System76 sold the cases empty with more motherboard compatible back-plates, I love the design style but have no need of a complete built system

                                • furriephillips
                                  furriephillips  2 weeks back

                                  I’m currently using POP!_OS on my primary workstation at home, but I’ve switched my Desktop Environment from the very polished (& I find, overly restrictive) Gnome, to XFCE & have set up loads of useful application buttons in the top panel, and am revelling in the UI/UX speed & usability improvements.

                                  • furriephillips
                                    furriephillips  2 weeks back

                                    You don’t have to compile your own kernel or hunt for repos! You just create a boot USB & install from the live OS, after deciding it’s for you.

                                    • Fubar AlAkbar
                                      Fubar AlAkbar  1 weeks back

                                      Maybe the only distro he has ever used is Gentoo?

                                  • SpicyPotato
                                    SpicyPotato  2 weeks back

                                    Things like compiling kernels, using the terminal to do anything are things of the past. Distros like Mint, PopOS, Zorin OS and so many others have a "normal" desktop that look similar to either Windows or Mac OS. You just click and drag like you would on the PC you have now. You can make your desktop look like anything you want. And You don't need to spend any money to try / use Linux. Take a laptop or PC you don't use much anymore, download an ISO from the distro you want to try out, make a bootable USB drive from it (it is very easy to do BTW), plug it into the device you want to try it on and and run it from the USB even before you install it. In short, anyone can download and use Linux. If you can go from a Windows machine to a Mac, you can go from a PC (or Mac) to Linux just as easy.

                                    • DJSnackcakes Gaming
                                      DJSnackcakes Gaming  2 weeks back

                                      Did linus just praise a linux system at 10:36 ?

                                      • Colgate Master
                                        Colgate Master  2 weeks back

                                        The small one looks like a less ugly 280x.

                                        • IdealIdeas100
                                          IdealIdeas100  2 weeks back

                                          Wood grain you say? I know a certain lazy game reviewer that might enjoy the case.

                                          • Rob Ashby
                                            Rob Ashby  3 weeks back

                                            did you use any lights when you shot the b roll? would have been nice to see what you were talking about instead of just a dark box on a bright background.

                                            • Shawn Barry
                                              Shawn Barry  3 weeks back

                                              You lost me at Linux.

                                              • Matheus Enrique
                                                Matheus Enrique  3 weeks back

                                                You don't need to compile your own kernel or "hunt" repos, in most cases you can just:
                                                1- Install the ISO of your chosen linux distro.
                                                2- Flash it in a USB stick.
                                                3- Boot the computer by the USB stick.
                                                4-Install the distro.
                                                5- Have a nice day.

                                                • SuperWolfkin
                                                  SuperWolfkin  2 weeks back

                                                  It's pretty obvious he was being facetious at that point. Not literal. He was describing the hangups some people might have with Linux so it even make sense to go into outdated stereotypes that point

                                                • BlackWorm
                                                  BlackWorm  2 weeks back

                                                  Get jokes, dude.

                                              • Nam Vu
                                                Nam Vu  3 weeks back

                                                I wonder if Linus actually knows what he's talking about or if somebody is helping him with the info lol

                                              • yelbuck
                                                yelbuck  3 weeks back

                                                The attempt at a 'retro' background to complement the system aesthetic was absolutely ATROCIOUS!!!! Whoever's responsible needs a slapping... with a rotten mackerel.

                                                • Mik Moen
                                                  Mik Moen  3 weeks back

                                                  Ugly design. Weird box shape and i hate dark wood.

                                                  • BlackWorm
                                                    BlackWorm  2 weeks back

                                                    You can choose between dark wood and light aluminum.

                                                • Wendell Banks
                                                  Wendell Banks  3 weeks back

                                                  I am a fan of System 76. I used Pop OS 19.10 to use on my new PC I built myself. Mine is a Ryzen 5 3600 with X570 mb. The install was very easy. I am dual booting Windows 10. I am trying to get away from Windows. I also liked the fact that they have a separate ISO for Nvida. I have a GTX 1660 and my card was all set upon Install. Also I have a USB audio interface that was already detected upon install. I did not have to fight and disable other drivers. And my interface has not lost connection or switched drivers like Windows often does.

                                                  • Marco Griep
                                                    Marco Griep  3 weeks back

                                                    Its not about "installing" linux.. Its because of the support, especially for drivers

                                                    • AduDOMBA ABLE
                                                      AduDOMBA ABLE  3 weeks back

                                                      fuck that, I use pirated Windows

                                                      • Моргана Ле Фай

                                                        Please Sir sorry for nobbie question, I installed pop os on hp probook 6475b it has amd dual core AMD A6-4400M and 8 Gb ram is it ok to install it on it or it heavy on this laptop because it's dual core, I disabled animations from gnome tweaks thanks

                                                        • Vrihaspati Tiwari
                                                          Vrihaspati Tiwari  3 weeks back

                                                          Hey dude, It will not be very heavy, but it is also not very good for your laptop. Go with anything kde(e.g. kde manjaro, kubuntu, kde neon, fedora kde), mate or xfce. Happy linuxing.

                                                      • coleslaw
                                                        coleslaw  1 months back

                                                        This is gonna inspire me to keep tinkering with the shit laptop I installed Linux on again :) thanks Linus

                                                        • rimil murmu
                                                          rimil murmu  1 months back

                                                          just moved to pop-os

                                                          • maybe real
                                                            maybe real  1 months back

                                                            The games fell behind, hah, ha, hahahaha

                                                            • Christian Golden
                                                              Christian Golden  1 months back

                                                              9:41 linus says woof. UWU

                                                              • Not Needed
                                                                Not Needed  1 months back

                                                                Its all about that wood

                                                                • Chris Warren-Smith
                                                                  Chris Warren-Smith  1 months back

                                                                  What the hell are you talking about dude, as a linux user i haven't bothered compiling a kernel since the 90s

                                                                  • JMiskovsky
                                                                    JMiskovsky  1 months back

                                                                    They should offer ARM, Risc V or Power processors doe to Backdoors on x86-64.

                                                                    • Hasan Iqbal
                                                                      Hasan Iqbal  1 months back

                                                                      yo I really want to switch to Linux cuz I'm dun with windows but Linux doesn't have everything like windows and it takes a bit more effort to make it work and you lose some performance

                                                                      • Tim Seguine
                                                                        Tim Seguine  1 months back

                                                                        I know it isn't a typical use case for most, but when it comes to developer tools, you actually normally have to compile more things yourself on windows than on linux. The package managers on most distributions are dead simple: you type the name of the software you want and boom it is installed and ready to use. TBH the biggest problem I have with linux desktops nowadays is that they try too hard to take the "apple" route of "we know what's best for you". I use windows at home but linux at work, because in my opinion that's what they're both best for(With the exception that LibreOffice is kind of junk).

                                                                        • Kelly Masuda
                                                                          Kelly Masuda  1 months back

                                                                          BTW, i have z270 and x399 e gaming mobo. You can patch the kernel and OpenAuraSDK to get the RGB and and OpenAura (a python program) to get addressable RGBs working. I believe the openaura RGB python program had support for thermaltake USB and corsair devices.

                                                                          • Kelly Masuda
                                                                            Kelly Masuda  1 months back

                                                                            POP OS is what ive been using for my professional environment. I love it.

                                                                            • J.B Locke
                                                                              J.B Locke  1 months back

                                                                              Woodgrain LGR would be proud

                                                                              • Leadius USA
                                                                                Leadius USA  1 months back

                                                                                It is OK. Not great or bad... I would build from teh ground up myself.

                                                                                • dpcdpc11
                                                                                  dpcdpc11  1 months back

                                                                                  Sweet hardware deserves nice looking software as well. So why not customize it properly using an awesome Windows Theme and a matching wallpaper? If you feel inspired check out deviantart.com for such great resources like https://www.deviantart.com/dpcdpc11
                                                                                  Enjoy your new hardware in great style!

                                                                                  • impact0r
                                                                                    impact0r  1 months back

                                                                                    "... bring Linux to folks who can't be bothered to compile their kernel and hunt down repos"?
                                                                                    Check your calendar - it's no longer 1995.

                                                                                    • Rob Ch.
                                                                                      Rob Ch.  1 months back

                                                                                      As a Linux enthusiast I will buy this pc, not because I can’t build one for my own but Linux is a philosophy, helping a new company of entrepreneurs that care for our community is really awesome and you requiere a lot of guts to do it, so I’m in with this project, tho I use Manjaro