I have owned one System76 in my life, and I enjoyed it for its linuxy goodness... but recently I chose not to purchase again, and instead went with a Thinkpad.
Here is the market that I fall into, that I wish System76 could fill:
I am a road warrior programmer. I look for:
- Durability, lenovo style. I dropped my System76 once, and it broke the screen.
- Battery (10 hours+. This also means intel graphics, as well as a soldered intel cpu)
- Lightweight (3 lbs w/ 6 cell battery)
- extremely plain business Aesthetics. No Fancy/postmodern/metrosexual logos. I would be willing to settle with a modest laptop line name, like "IT", "Developers Platform", or "DraftBook", or perhaps even a linux penguine outline tucked into the corner. Nothing like, "Figmant48", "VIAO", or a big obnoxious fruit in the middle.
- Keyboard with deep keys(Colemak and Dvorak default layouts would be SOOOO COOL! I would totally pay an extra 50-60 dollars for that)
- Keyboard with the capslock replaced by a backspace. (okay, colemak does that already)
- Keyboard moved to the top of pad, leaving as much space to rest your palms.
- Extra keyboard keys important to Programmers and engineers.
- Actual mouse buttons ( I hate touchpads)
- Quickbootup (15 seconds)
- Water Spill protection, like the other thinkpads.
I don't care about:
- Mass (As long as its light, I don't mind it being thick)
- Sleakness (Racing stripes and gloss are actually a big turn off)
- Graphics (Intel integrated is more than enough)
- Fingerprint Reader
- Packaged CD's
Effectively, I want a Thinkpad x series. That being said; Lenovo is taking such a terrible direction, mucking with the formula, and they are evolving into a generic laptop manufacturer. When that happens, I will be looking again for that laptop maker who just has plain utility in mind.
Anyways, I don't know how often you get this type of feedback, so I thought you might appreciate it. Thanks and good luck.