3 Must Have Linux-powered Netbooks: I'm planning to acquire a small, ultra-lightweight, low-cost, and Linux-powered subnotebook before the end of the year. So, I began doing some research (used Google), and started my quest to find the perfect netbook.
Of the many netbooks currently available with Linux pre-installed, and also those that are soon to be released, I only have 3 favorites. And, if I were to buy today, I will definitely get either one of the three. I'll share to you my current list of must have Linux-powered netbooks.
Acer Aspire One
Just by looking at the photo (above), you will agree with me that this netbook is a certified head-turner. But, I didn't pick Aspire One for the cuteness-factor alone. Its all essential tech specs of 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, 8 GB SSD or 120 GB HDD, up to 1 GB RAM, 8.9" display (1024x600 LED-backlit TFT LCD), 3 USB ports, Wireless LAN, and up to 6 hours of (reported) battery life are more than enough for my needs. It also has a built-in flash memory card reader, a 0.3 Megapixel Webcam, and of course, it can be pre-installed with a Fedora-based Linpus Linux.
Asus Eee 1000 Series
The first time I saw the smoking hot Eee PC 700, I was thinking, if only the display is 2-3 inches bigger, I will buy one. About a year later, my wish came true. Asus launched the Eee PC 1000 series last June that features a 10 inch screen. It has also a much improved tech specs, utilizing a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom CPU, up to 80 GB HDD, up to 2 GB of DDR2 RAM, and has a rated battery life of 4-7 hours. It’s also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capable, and to make typing more comfortable, its keyboard is 92% the size of generic notebooks.
This netbook is yet to be released but it’s already dubbed the Eee PC-killer. Correct me if I’m wrong, Dell E is going to be Dell’s first subnotebook line that is why my expectations are high. I’m really looking forward for its release as the list of features is quite impressive. According to Engadget, “…(with Dell E) you'll get an instant-on Linux distro running atop Intel's 1.6GHz Atom processor, a 1,024 x 600 display, 3x USB, a wee SSD, integrated webcam, WiFi, and more in a 0.82-1.22-inch thick sled weighing about 2.2-pounds.”
Now, which one would you recommend?
You may also want to read my post about some simple and useful ways to optimize GNOME for netbooks.