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system76-laptop-lemurShort Bytes: Thanks to technology enthusiasts’ underwhelming response to Apple’s October event, a big flock of users turned to the famed Ubuntu laptop seller System76 whose website witnessed about 4-times more traffic than usual. As a result, System76 needed to upgrade the servers to keep up. It could be seen as a sign that users are looking at Linux machines as Mac-alternatives.

At its October event, Apple tried hard to convince the users that its latest MacBook Pro is machine built for professional users. The company showed off the brand new Touch Bar that changed its appearance depending on the applications running on the screen. The new MacBooks are thinner and more powerful than ever. But, there’s something missing that’s driving away some diehard Apple fans.

Firstly, Apple decided to ditch a large array of connectivity ports–HDMI ports, SD card slot, Thunderbolt 2 ports, and standard USB port. These ports have been replaced by 4 Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports. So, the same power user segment that’s being aimed by Apple, is expressing lots of concerns.

Apart from the disappeared ports, these MacBooks have maximum 16GB of RAM. On the contrary, minimum 32GB RAM is becoming a standard for power users. While Microsoft is presenting itself as the new innovative tech company, some Apple loyalists are turning to another alternative, i.e., Linux.

BetaNews reports that the renowned Ubuntu laptop and desktop seller, System76, witnessed a huge surge in the traffic. This increase was so much that System76 needed to upgrade the servers to keep up.

“People being so underwhelmed by a product (new MacBook Pro) that immediately following a new product release they actively seek out competitor’s products”, says Ryan Sipes, Community Manager, System76.

If you take a look at the product specifications, you can configure System76’s 15-inch Oryx Pro with a Quad-core Skylake i7, NVMe 256GB SSD, 32GB RAM, and 6GB Nvidia GTX 1060. Wondering about the price? It costs less than $2,000.

So, what do you think about Apple’s new MacBooks? Are System76’s offerings any good for you? Share your views in the comments below.

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