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System76 debuts a sleek, all-in-one desktop PC featuring Ubuntu Linux

Priced starting at $799, the new Sable Complete offers a clutter-free design and the latest Ubuntu 12.10 'Quantal Quetzal.'

There's no doubt the PC market is in the midst of a rush of hardware introductions featuring Microsoft's new Windows 8, but fortunately for buyers, those aren't the only choices out there.

Case in point: Linux-friendly vendor System76 on Wednesday treated fans of the free and open source operating system  to a splashy debut of its own. The hardware in question? None other than a sleek new all-in-one desktop PC.

"All you really need is one PC," the company wrote in its announcement on Google+. "We are pleased to announce the Sable Complete All-in-one Ubuntu Desktop starting at $799! Check out this work of art :)"

Ubuntu 12.10 'Quantal Quetzal'

There has been a steady stream of Linux PCs entering the market over the past few months, including the two Asus machines I wrote about last week.

System76's new Sable Complete, however, brings an extra dose of style. With a 21.5-inch, high-definition 1080p display, the clutter-free desktop features edge-to-edge glass, aluminum trim, and a sleek, industrial design.

Quad-core, third-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors power the device, which features Intel High-Definition 2500 or 4000 graphics, depending on the CPU. Up to 16GB dual-channel DDR3 memory is available, as is one 2.5-inch platter or solid state hard drive configurable with up to 750GB.

A Logitech wireless backlit keyboard and Harman Kardon Sound Sticks III are among the peripherals available to accompany the device, which also includes a 1.3 megapixel webcam, two built-in speakers, and six USB drives.

The operating system, of course, is the newly released, 64-bit Ubuntu 12.10 "Quantal Quetzal."

A world of alternatives

It's been interesting to see that even mainstream vendors like Asus have been hedging their bets with non-Windows 8 options.

Now, however, users' choices are even more diverse. If you're in the market for a PC with Ubuntu preloaded, also be sure to check out the U310 PC-in-a-keyboard and the Asus EeePC 1225C. Where there's Linux, there's never any shortage of options.

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