The Linux operating system did not get a lot of love from the netbook manufactures after Eee PC 701. However, there are some small scale companies that are churning out netbooks running the latest Ubuntu OS (which is Natty Narwhal right now). These manufactures include Zareason, System76 and Emperor Linux. Let us take a quick glance at the netbooks being offered by them.
ZaReason Teo Pro Netbook: This netbook comes with 2GB RAM and features a 10.1 inch WSVGA display (1024 x 600). It runs Ubuntu 11.04 on its Atom N450 processor. Equipped with a 6-cell battery (6400mAh), it should give you decent 6-7 hours runtimes on a single charge. Since I already use a netbook with the similar specs (Emachines EM350), I can tell you Linux Mint (similar to Ubuntu) runs like a charm on it. Everything works out of the box. 720p Flash video is out of equation here but you will have no problem watching 480p YouTube videos.
Other specs include VGA port, 2x USB 2.0 ports, LAN port, headphone, microphone jack, 802.11n Wi-Fi, 1.3 mega pixel webcam, three in 1 card reader, 2GB DDR3 RAM, Intel Atom N455, 10.1 inch WSVGA display and can be pre installed with Ubuntu, Linux Mint, edubuntu, Kubuntu or Fedora 15. Price is little high though (400 dollars), but it does guarantee 100 percent Linux compatibility too.
System 76 Starling netbook: System 76 is much more well known company that sells only ubuntu netbooks. Their starling netbook comes with 10.1 inch WSVGA display, LAN, VGA port, 3x USB 2.0 ports, 0.3 mega pixel webcam, 3-cell / 6-cell battery and runs Ubuntu 11.04 64 bit edition.
It is powered by the Atom N570 processor and has 2GB RAM. Their site provides various upgrade options as well. They are still very expensive, costing 444 dollars for the base model with 6-cell battery. [link]
If you want a netbook from a reputed brand and some cheaper in price, we recommend you to get the Asus 1015px. This netbook can be purchased for just 299 dollars and can be loaded with Linux distro of your choice.
Its specs are much better – 10.1 inch display, Atom N570 (dual core, more powerful) processor, 320GB hard disk, 1GB RAM and runs Windows 7 Starter OS.
Dell and HP also sell netbooks that run Ubuntu and Fedora. However, since they have “we recommend windows 7” banners all over their sites, we cannot recommend them.
August 18, 2011
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