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    March 2012 System76 Lemur Ultra laptop

    Lemur Ultra (lemu4) Modify Configuration $849.00 $849.00 Remove from Cart Quantity:

    Base System Price $689.00
    Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64 bit
    5 Free GB of Ubuntu One Online Storage and Sync
    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 )
    8 GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz - 2 X 4GB +$45.00
    128 GB Crucial M4 Series SATA III 6 Gb/s Solid State Disk Drive +$95.00
    8X DVD±R/RW/4X +DL Super-Multi Drive
    Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 - 802.11A/B/G/N Wireless LAN + Bluetooth Combo Module +$20.00
    No Bag
    1 Yr. Ltd. Warranty and 1 Yr. Technical Support
    No Canada Warranty Shipping Coverage
    No donation, thank you
    Sub Total: $849.00

    My ASUS N61JV-X2 notebook PC's internal fan stopped working and it is overheating which causes it to cut the power suddenly and I lose my data. So, I am going to purchase a new March 2012 System76 Lemur Ultra with the above configuration today on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 by placing my order on their website.

    I plan to install Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit Long Term Support using the Alternative Installation CD-R disc. I want to enable LUKS/LVM using Advanced Encryption Standard in CBC ESSIV:SHA-256 mode at 256 bits 14 rounds cipher strength and SHA-512 bits hash algorithm. I plan to create one logical volume group with three separate logical volumes for my /root, /swap, and /home partitions. I plan to set my /root partition to 42.00 GB. I plan to set my /swap partition to 8.00 GB. I plan to set my /home partition to the rest of the free space which should be about 78.00 GB.

    1. Do I need to install any special System76 software after I complete my custom installation for a brand new March 2012 System76 Lemur Ultra? If so, then what do I need and how do I do this?

    2. Should I consider purchasing the Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB with 8.00 GB SLC NAND FLASH Solid State cache instead of the Crucial M4 128 GB Solid State Drive?

    The reason why I pose question number two is due to the fact that I plan to download and install a lot of virtual machines. I have VM Ware Workstation 8.0.4 64 bit and I have a genuine and valid license key. I also plan to download and install Oracle Virtualbox. I want to purchase Microsoft Windows 8 64 bit Pro and Office 2012 Professional Plus 32 bit because I am going to attend Montclair State University which is one of my alma maters for their Masters of Arts in English Writing Studies degree program in January 2013. They require that I use the latest versions of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office according to their director of graduate school and the graduate English department. As you know, Microsoft Windows 8 will require at least 30 GB of storage space and Microsoft Office 2012 will require at least 1 GB of storage space. I also plan to install Red Hat Fedora 17 64 bit GNU/Linux. This requires at least 10 GB of storage space. There are other operating systems that I want to download and install from time to time, but I must constantly use Microsoft Windows 8 and Office 2012 all of the time every single day after Microsoft Corporation launches both software products sometime this October 2012.

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    Lemur Ultra (lemu4) Modify Configuration $883.00 $883.00 Remove from Cart Quantity:

    Base System Price $689.00
    Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64 bit
    5 Free GB of Ubuntu One Online Storage and Sync
    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 )
    8 GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz - 2 X 4GB +$45.00
    750 GB 7200rpm SATA Hybrid Hard Drive with 8 GB SSD +$129.00
    8X DVD±R/RW/4X +DL Super-Multi Drive
    Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 - 802.11A/B/G/N Wireless LAN + Bluetooth Combo Module +$20.00
    No Bag
    1 Yr. Ltd. Warranty and 1 Yr. Technical Support
    No Canada Warranty Shipping Coverage
    No donation, thank you
    Sub Total: $883.00

    There is a $34.00 USD price premium for the Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB with 8 GB SLC NAND FLASH Solid State cache.

    My budget is $925.00 USD with a little bit of wiggle room, but not much. I do not want to spend more than $1,000.00 USD to replace my ASUS N61JV-X2 notebook PC.

    What should I do? I must make my purchase today or else my ASUS N61JV-X2 notebook PC will fail to work properly because of overheating. It's getting pretty warm and humid during June 2012 here in West Orange, New Jersey 07052.

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    Re: March 2012 System76 Lemur Ultra laptop

    Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB with 8 GB SLC NAND FLASH Solid State cache review:

    http://www.storagereview.com/seagate...t_750gb_review

    Crucial M4 128 GB SSD review:

    http://www.storagereview.com/crucial..._firmware_0009

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    Re: March 2012 System76 Lemur Ultra laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Welly Wu View Post
    1. Do I need to install any special System76 software after I complete my custom installation for a brand new March 2012 System76 Lemur Ultra? If so, then what do I need and how do I do this?
    Why do you need the full-disk encryption? We've seen problems with ethernet in the past when Ubuntu is installed from the Alternate CD, and I would recommend against it because of that. Furthermore, we don't support encryption, so if you install and have issues with the encryption, we can't provide help.

    Quote Originally Posted by Welly Wu View Post
    2. Should I consider purchasing the Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB with 8.00 GB SLC NAND FLASH Solid State cache instead of the Crucial M4 128 GB Solid State Drive?
    I think that capacity will be more important for you in this case. The Momentus drives are excellent for helping to boost speed by a modest amount, if you want the boost, and the extra capacity will end up invaluable. The only alternative is to simply order a larger SSD, which gets very expensive very quickly.
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    Re: March 2012 System76 Lemur Ultra laptop

    How long does the battery last?
    Last edited by Welly Wu; June 26th, 2012 at 05:43 PM.

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    Re: March 2012 System76 Lemur Ultra laptop

    The reason why I need full disk encryption is because I understand the benefits. I have my CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, (ISC)2 CISSP CBK, and CEH IT certifications. I chose System76 and Ubuntu GNU/Linux for its very low attack surface and I want to support your company that in turn supports Ubuntu. Technically, the Intel 3rd Generation "Ivy Bridge" Core i5-3210M supports AES-NI so I should expect 4 - 10 times hardware acceleration for Advanced Encryption Standard at the full 256 bits 14 rounds cipher strength using SHA-512 bits hash algorithm.

    Tell me specifically what you mean by problems with the Ethernet when Ubuntu is installed using the Alternative Installation CD. I need to know as your customer.

    I have installed Ubuntu using the Alternative Installation CD-R on many different notebook PCs and none of my friends ever had a problem with Ubuntu or encryption. In fact, Ubuntu implements cryptography just as well as Microsoft Windows 7 with Bitlocker and Bitlocker to Go or Apple does with Macintosh OS X Lion 64 bit with FileVault 2. They all use AES 256 bits in CBC mode 14 rounds cipher strength.

    I understand if you do not offer help for the cryptography part, but I am excellent when it comes to key management. I use KeePass 2 and LastPass Premium.

    I chose the Crucial M4 128 GB SSD. That's my final decision and it is included in my order.

    What else do I need to know about the Alternative Installation CD-R regarding your System76 Lemur Ultra?

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    Re: March 2012 System76 Lemur Ultra laptop

    I asked the same questions directly to System76 and I got my answers from a support technician. I can go ahead and proceed with my custom installation using the Alternative Installation CD-R without any expected problems or issues on my brand new System76 Lemur Ultra notebook PC.

    Here is what I have learned today about System76:

    1. Customer service and technical support are the gold standard. Someone who works for System76 will respond to your questions, comments, concerns, and they will work with you to help you solve problems. They promptly answer questions thoroughly with detailed useful information. They have an excellent support system to respond to each customer's needs.

    So far, so good.

    2. Their products are highly competitive in terms of features, capabilities, performance, and pricing. System76 is highly aggressive when it comes to attracting new customers like myself. I simply could not find a similar configuration from Dell, Apple, ASUS, Hewlett Packard, Acer, Lenovo, MSI, or any other computer company that sells directly to customers. Take a look at my former configuration that I posted. That is an excellent price quote for the components. As of Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 at 2:23 PM EST, I simply could not find anyone else that can beat System76 by offering a similar configuration at the same or lower price. I have done my homework and I have done my research and I am sure.

    3. System76 supports Ubuntu. I have found Ubuntu to be the best general purpose GNU/Linux distribution and I am comfortable using it. By supporting System76 with my money, I support Ubuntu as well.

    I know that I can expect a reliable, stable, and very fast notebook PC that runs the latest version of Ubuntu in two weeks from today. Buying a certified Ubuntu notebook PC takes the hassles out of installing Ubuntu on another computer. It is also less expensive. I get support and help for 1 year. I can choose to buy another year of support if I contact System76 directly although I am fairly certain that I won't need it because the product is so good.

    I am the one who is responsible for providing support for my family and friends. My friends downloaded and they installed Ubuntu on their computers because of me. I am expecting a positive user experience with my brand new System76 Lemur Ultra notebook PC. If that does indeed prove to be true, then I know a few much wealthier friends of mine that might become future System76 customers based on what I have to tell them about the company and their products.

    I could have done business with ASUS again. However, the time has come for me to embrace System76 as an Ubuntu GNU/Linux supporter and specialist.

    I am confident that I will love my new computer. It will put me through my masters degree program for the next two and a half years without problems. My main concern is paying for Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64 bit and Office 2012 Professional Plus 64 bit this fall 2012. I understand Microsoft products very well and I do not plan to install them bare metal on any computer with my data on it. The risks are too great. However, if I can get away with my existing copy of LibreOffice Writer and perhaps Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus 32 bit Service Pack 1 using my Codeweavers' CrossOver for Linux 64 bit version 11.1.0, then that is what I plan to do to put myself through graduate school.

    The best thing is that I know my data is extremely safe and secure with a fully hardened Ubuntu custom installation by following the security stickies here in Ubuntu Forums. Had I purchased a traditional notebook PC running Microsoft Windows 7, the cost structure involved would be too great for me to manage over the next three years. System76 caters to Ubuntu fans on a budget that still demand high performance across a variety of features and capabilities.

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    Re: March 2012 System76 Lemur Ultra laptop

    The only difference between the laptop I just ordered and the one you just ordered is that mine has a 60 GB SSD and I got an extra battery.
    I would apply for student discounts from Microsoft. You can get some pretty good savings (if you're actually a student, of course-otherwise you could get in a heap of trouble).
    Anyway, the world needs more Linux specialists. I applaud you in your efforts to spread Ubuntu. Keep up the good work!
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    If you have seen an error, there is a good chance someone else has, too. Google is your friend.

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    Re: March 2012 System76 Lemur Ultra laptop

    I just purchased the Lemur and am using it now. I opted for the i7 upgrade, 8GB ram and 128GB Crucial SSD. I get 3.5 hours - 4.25 (max) battery life. You may experience better life with the i5 processor as it's lower wattage.

    If you reinstall Ubuntu 12.04 LTS just be sure to download and install the most recent System76 driver http://knowledge76.com/index.php/System76_Driver.

    I actually decided to switch to Ubuntu Studio because I prefer XFCE and all the graphics, media tools that come with it. So I did a clean install added the S76 drivers and everything works perfectly as it did when I received it from System76

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    Re: March 2012 System76 Lemur Ultra laptop

    I am going to buy a second year warranty for $100.00 USD and I am going to buy 16.00 GB of dual-channel DDR3 1,600 MHz SODIMM SDRAM by the end of this summer 2012. I need 16 GB of RAM to run Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium Service Pack 1 in a 64 bit 64.00 gigabyte with 8 GB of RAM Oracle Virtualbox guest virtual machine. I have to use Microsoft Windows 7 every single day at Montclair State University and I am applying for on campus housing and a meal plan so I plan to live on campus while I study for my masters degree. This System76 has got to last me for the next 2.00 years. I will not abuse it like I did with my ASUS N61JV-X2 notebook PC. I will take very good care of it and I will baby it with kid gloves.

    My custom System76 Lemur Ultra will be delivered this Thursday, July 5th, 2012. I will be the only one at my home to sign for the package and to receive it. It will take me about 4 hours to do my custom installation and to harden Ubuntu completely. It will take 3 - 4 reboots to make the changes take into effect.

    I will write a complete review by the end of Summer 2012 just in time for the back to school shopping season. I took a course in business writing at Montclair State University.

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    Re: March 2012 System76 Lemur Ultra laptop

    Corsair Vengeance 204 pin DDR3 PC-12800 1,600 MHz 16.00 gigabytes SODIMM SDRAM:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    This is what I am getting this Friday, July 6th, 2012 from Amazon. I am also going to contact System76 this Friday, July 6th, 2012 at 10:00 AM EST to pay for my second year warranty for my custom Lemur Ultra notebook PC.

    I am going to have a near top of the line custom System76 Lemur Ultra notebook PC.

    My next goal is to order the custom power tip for my Energizer XPal Energi to Go XP18000:

    http://www.energizerpowerpacks.com/us/products/xp18000/

    http://www.energizerpowerpacks.com/us/tipfinder/

    http://www.energizerpowerpacks.com/u...-for-life.html

    I ordered a SE Compass Digital Caliper from Amazon to make precise measurements of the outside diameter, inside diameter, length, and width of the System76 Lemur Ultra power adapter tip. I should have it by the end of this month.

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