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     greynad 8 months ago.

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    • #210280 Reply

      Mr. Natural
      AskWoody Plus

      A brief summary of where I am with the System 76 Meerkat I purchased.

      When I first saw the Meerkat I couldn’t resist getting one for experimental purposes. I wanted to see if I could run that while connected to my entertainment system. So I bought the cheapest model available. The base model is designed to be a desktop computer and not for an entertainment system. However the unit did exactly what I hoped it would. I was on the internet within a few minutes and I had Steam installed and running shortly after that. I did not try any gaming though. I had to get into the bios menu (which is awesome as well) and maximize the memory for the GPU in order to get desktop graphics running well on a 55” television screen. And once I did that the system ran as well as you would expect for a desktop computer with the same specs. It was at that point I realized I definitely want to have one connected to my entertainment system, but this particular model is not what I want permanently connected to my entertainment center.

      The POP!_OS is great and no hardware issues with the OS at first boot. I had to tweak some settings but all hardware is working as it should.

      I’ve decided I’m taking this Meerkat to work and use it as a desktop computer as this model is intended. I will be buying another beefier model in the future for my entertainment system.

      On a side note you may notice that System 76 is running a back to school sale right now. I received my Meerkat a day or two before the sale. So I contacted them. I didn’t make a big deal out if it, but I mentioned that maybe I should have waited a couple more weeks. I received a response that they are honoring that offer with my purchase, so I will be receiving all the goods associated with that sale.

      These guys are awesome and if you’re ready for a Linux system I highly recommend these folks. Thanks System76. I’ll be in touch again soon.

      Red Ruffnsore reporting from the front lines.

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    • #210588 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Mr. Natural,

      Thanks for explaining about the Meerkat. (I wonder why that particular name for something so squat, but no matter.)

      It looks like something that could be quite interesting. So, a few questions that come to mind:

      (1) The Meerkat can be used as a personal computer? Just by plugging in a keyboard and a mouse (plus a printer and other commonly used peripherals)?

      (2) The OS is Linux? Is it updated by the Meerkat makers or one has to get the patches oneself? (Ditto for installing Linux software one might need to use and that does not come pre-installed.)

      (3) It comes with how many ports: USB (types?), HDMI and Ethernet?

      (4) Does it support Bluetooth and WiFi (to connect wirelessly to a router)?

      Thank you, in advance, for explaining these points.

    • #210608 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Thanks, PKCano. That link you have provided leads to a Web page where most of my questions are clearly answered. This machine is very interesting, because it is (at the top of the price range) a fully-fledged personal computer that comes with Linux pre-installed. Such machines are not common, although there are already a very few known brands that include a PC line with some variant of Linux pre-installed.

      Fully configured, with nearly all the biggest and priciest items, it comes at 2008 $US, which is comparable to a fully loaded Mac. But no peripherals, but also no big deal, as I already have them, the same as many potential users do. The only drawback I have noticed is that its most powerful CPU is an I-7 dual-core one.

      One more issue that maybe Mr. Natural could amplify once he has become more  acquainted with this interesting device, would be:

      (5) Are there incompatibilities with many printers and displays that work well with Windows?

    • #211005 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      One more question: With Meerkat, can one access the Linux command line? This is usually done in Linux using an application that comes pre-installed, called “Terminal” and is the equivalent of Windows’ DOS emulation “command console.”

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      • #211189 Reply

        Mr. Natural
        AskWoody Plus

        Sorry about the late response. You probably already have the answer. I’m on the Meerkat now at work and this base model works just fine as a desktop. I’m going to work at getting this machine onto our AD network along with a lot of learning.

        I’ll be getting a beefier model for my personal entertainment system. The unit I have now worked great on the entertainment system.

        Meerkat comes with POP!_OS which is a flavor of Ubuntu or you can get it with Ubuntu itself. Both have an icon for the terminal in the activities menu. So the answer is yes.

        Red Ruffnsore reporting from the front lines.

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        • #211260 Reply

          AskWoody Plus

          Mr. Natural: Thank you for answering my question on “Terminal”. It was the sort of silly question I sometimes ask because experience has taught me that certain silly questions, when asked to the right people, tend to get interesting and even useful answers. I have learned a lot that way.

          Now, a perhaps not as silly question: all things considered, would you recommend POP!_OS or plain Ubuntu?

          Bringing to people’s attention the Meerkat now is very timely, and this machine is certainly worth looking into.

        • #225532 Reply


          I’m going to work at getting this machine onto our AD network along with a lot of learning.

          Did you ever get the machine on AD? Does it integrate as well as a Windows computer does? I remember that Novell used to integrate very nicely into AD.

          An advantage to buying these machines for corporate use is that they are tested and everything works. You don’t want to have problems on the corporate desktop.

          Group "L" (Linux Mint)
          with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
    • #215512 Reply


      This post might be useful:

      The Pop!_OS install guide is there too (post #199500)


      • #215523 Reply


        Forgot to mention about Timeshift…

        In Pop!_OS I opened Terminal and used following 3 commands…
        sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa
        sudo apt-get update
        sudo apt-get install timeshift


        • #215863 Reply


          If you want Asunder and Lame (MP3’s) for ripping CD’s (not Sound Juicer)…
          Open Terminal and run the following command…
          sudo apt-get install asunder lame


    • #215890 Reply

      Bill C.
      AskWoody Plus

      Thanks to Mr. Natural!!! This is a great option. I found the desktop specced and priced out to be a bit high at first, but when you consider they are uilt machines it was not bad and actually had very flexible build options.

      The Gazelle laptop though was a real standout in specs for an under $1K NON-WINDOWS device. I downloaded the nVidia and standard ISOs and will be doing some test drives of POP! OS.


    • #218105 Reply


      For any Pop!_OS users who’d like to try G’MIC for GIMP.
      Open Terminal and use the following 3 commands…

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install gmic gimp-gmic


    • #223253 Reply


      Accessing ‘Pop-dark’ Shell theme in Pop!_OS.



    • #225539 Reply


      $600 for the base model?

      A bit steep for a tinker box – I’ll stick with my $30 Raspberry Pi 3. (I’m actually thinking of picking up a Pi Zero W for grins just because they’re so cheap.)

    • #226402 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Pop!_OS with dark theme and Dash to dock…


      And Arc menu…


      To get Breeze icons in LibreOffice, open Terminal and…

      sudo apt install libreoffice-style-breeze

    • #234317 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Also, Pop! 18.04 can be re-themed to look like Manjaro-Gnome…



      If anyone’s interested, here’s how I did it…
      Open Pop!_Shop & type in:
      Look for Cantarell & install it
      Open Terminal & type in:
      sudo apt install fonts-hack-ttf
      Once done, type in:
      sudo apt install typecatcher
      Once done, type in:
      sudo apt-add-repository ppa:tista/adapta
      Then type in:
      sudo apt update
      Then type in:
      sudo apt install adapta-gtk-theme
      Open Typecatcher
      look for Noto Sans & install it
      Open Tweaks > Fonts & set to…
      Window Title: Cantarell Bold 11
      Interface: Noto Sans Regular 11
      Document: Sans Regular 11
      Monospace: Hack Regular 11
      Then Tweaks > Appearance & set to…
      Applications: Adapta-Nokto
      Cursor: Pop
      Icons: Pop
      Shell: Adapta-Nokto
      now just Restart computer!


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