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I’ve been wanting to write about System76 but couldn’t find relevant reason to do so. System76 sells Ubuntu (a popular Linux distribution) compatible computers. I have not yet had the pleasure of using a System76 computer so I can’t really vouch for their hardware – I hope to change that in the near future. I can say that I’ve liked everything about them from the moment I first found them, their website, their hardware specifications, their shopping experience, their communication… everything. They seem to have a purpose and vision that go beyond selling computers.

So why did I finally choose to write about them? Their concise and infrequent newsletter (which I actually look forward to recieving once in a while) just came in and this is what I found in it:

System76 Partners with Kids On Computers

System76 and Kids On Computers have partnered to bring computers and open source software to disadvantaged children. Kids On Computers, a non-profit organization, deploys Ubuntu based computer labs in schools and communities around the world. The organization’s first school in Huajuapan de Leon, Mexico, was a resounding success. They now have a dedicated computer teacher and are expecting Internet access very soon. The school went from being one of the poorest schools in town to being the school where all parents want their kids to go!

System76 now offers a “Donate Your Old Computer” option on each product page. By choosing the “Donate Your Old Computer” option, System76 emails you a mailing label to ship your old computer to Kids On Computers. There is a $10 cost which covers a portion of the shipping. System76 covers the remaining shipping cost. Your old computer is tax deductible, and Kids on Computers will provide a donation receipt.

Learn more about the program at http://www.system76.com/recycle

So now you can good hardware, at competitive prices, with a better operating system, from a company that cares and efficiently and humbly takes action to do what it can, doing what it does best to making life better.

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