System76 Gazelle 17 Inch

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System76 Gazelle 17 Inch

I’m so into my new Linux Life that I sold my old Acer Nitro 5 laptop.  I could never get the fans to run without Nitro Sense.  Plus the video switching from the Intel graphics to Nvidia in Linux was clunky mostly.  So I did some research and settled on System76.

I tried Pop! OS before and didn’t have much fun with it.  Not a Gnome fan.  Even though they have customized it to be their own, I still didn’t take to it well.  But I’m gonna give it another try and give my thoughts here on the machine and software.

My laptops are generally backup computers and travel options, more than they are front-line gaming machines for me.  But still I find myself bored in remote locations and feel the need to game.  Thus I generally have always bought mid-range gaming laptops.  This one is about $500 more than I normally would spend.  Hopefully the i7-12700H is worth the extra scratch.

My Config:

  • Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS with full disk-encryption
  • 4.7 GHz i7-12700H (up to 4.7 GHz – 24 MB Cache – 14 Cores – 20 Threads)
  • 16 GB Dual Channel DDR4 at 3200 MHz (2 x 8GB)
  • 1 TB PCIe Gen3 Up to Seq Read: 2400 MB/s, Seq Write: 1950 MB/s
  • 4 GB RTX 3050 Ti w/ 2560 CUDA Cores
  • 17.3″ Matte Full HD 1080p (144 Hz)
  • Multicolor backlit keyboard with numpad
  • WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5

I will also report on things you haven’t seen on most reviews.  Since those have been done over and over by many other people and YouTuber’s.  I have yet to hear about battery life and how it performs.  Or if it will run on my favorite distro, Linux Mint.  Or if I’ll fall in love with Pop! OS this time.

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Things Linux Does Better Than Windows

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Another video by Nick at The Linux Experiment.  I was going to cover a few of these as I’ve already discovered them, and the main reasons I left Windows forever.  But Nick already did this, so I’ll share his video 😀

  • Software Management
  • Overall Cost
  • Software Updates and Security Patches
  • Performance and Stability
  • Desktop Customization
  • Outstanding Privacy and Better Security
  • Ability to do everything via Command Line
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How I Game on Linux

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This gentleman right here is how I made the full jump from Windows 10 (skipping that God Aweful Windows 11) to Linux Mint.  The Linux Experiment is his channel on YouTube and the video below is how I finally put Windows and Microsoft far behind me.

Thanks Nick!

And huge thanks to the developers of Linux Mint and all the open source software that makes My Linux Life possible!

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I Game on Linux!

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My first wallpaper!  Showing that the world can game on Linux!  Maybe not fresh AAA titles yet, or not many yet.  But you can play fairly new games and enjoy the old favorites.  I play GTA V, Elder Scrolls Online, Unreal Tournament and UK2K4 so far and all work amazing!

Download this 4K wallpaper!

I Game on Linux 4K

I Game on Linux 4K

Made with GIMP and Pinta!

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