This might be of some interest for Orcablog readers who are located stateside and swim in pools of money:
As I’ve writered and proven repeatedly there is no reason to spend money on preinstalled Linux machinery. None at all. On the other hand there’s also no reason not to purchase readymade Linux computers as most of them are computers from the better side of the hardware spectrum, very well built and featuring nice specs. In other words: You won’t get cheapo shit. And your readymade machine will work guaranteed. Yes, even the wifi-modules will let you connect to the interwebz without giving you any hassle.
And among the small handful of manufacturers who provide Linux machines System 76 is one of the most established ones. Of course their business success is based on the Linux hype but the machines aren’t hype at all but pretty good computers. A bit on the pricey side but still very good. My favourite would still be the Dell XPS 13 but System76 laptops are a close second.
Oh, and coming back to the OMG! Ubuntu! article, yes, you’re right. We don’t like Ubuntu and don’t want no part of it on our machines. Buuuut … Ubuntu makes actually a quite ok-ish starter system. It doesn’t hurt finding it ready to rock out of the box on your new hardware purchase. And after a couple weeks of experience, once you know your way around all the intricancies of the Linux environment, you’ll be more than ready to download and install something better *cough* Linux Mint Debian Edition or Manjaro *cough cough* and step up your game. Your System76 hardware, however, will support your every adventure.