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Saturday, September 27th, 2008

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Dell Laptop with Ubuntu
Does any one know anything about Dell's laptop that comes with Ubuntu installed?

Other than coming with Linux, the other appealing feature is it's light. It's 2-1/4 lbs (1 kg). The down side is it has an 8.9" (23 cm) screen. A big screen is nice if I only have to carry the laptop between my desk and the lab. But, it gets heavy if you carry it around much.

It has an 1.8 Ghz Intel Atom processor It's an ultra-low power processor that's more like a 486 than a pentium. Dell also has a version that comes with XP. With a low power processor, you can push the bloat of Vista.

I'd upgrade it to 1 Gbyte of RAM and an 8 Gbytes of solid state disk. I can suplement it with external disks when I'm at home. I have a 250 Gbyte USB. I probably won't do that often, because around the house and at work I will probably use it as an X-terminal.

The biggest draw back is it has a small keyboard. I found a laptop of the same size at Best Buy. I could type fairly well on it on the shelf. I don't know how easy it will be to use in my lap.

I've always been a Red Hat user, but there are a couple Kubuntu users are work. They are happy with Kubuntu and say it's easy to add either KDE 3 or 4 to Ubuntu. KDE 4 looks nice, but is still missing some key features, so I'd put KDE 3 on. (With the low power processor, I probably don't want a lot of eye candy anyway.)

The base price is $340. It's $400 with the extra RAM and FLASH. So, it's priced like a high end Palm Pilot.

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