Best Linux Laptops

Linux Laptops.

Linux LaptopsLinux is a serious operating system that is becoming popular also on Laptops and recently some Laptops have appeared on the market with the Linux OS.

I noticed recently an interesting article on the website on the best Linux laptops for 2017 and I have re-published it below for your convenience.

The 5 best Linux laptops of 2017

There was a time when Linux was seen as an outcast operating system, and indeed one that was labelled as a ‘cancer’ by Microsoft’s former CEO Steve Ballmer.

Times have now changed as the 25-year-old operating system has made some serious inroads in the server market, then in the cloud – not forgetting that it underpins the most popular ecosystem out there: Android.

Because none of the main notebook vendors – bar Dell – offer Linux as an OS option, this leaves other smaller companies the ability to carve a niche for themselves.

Below are the five best Linux laptops of 2017 we’ve picked out using our expert eye – note that they have been fine-tuned to run a specific flavour of Linux (such as Ubuntu, for example).

1. Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

Ideal for those looking for a sleek-and-chic portable

Gorgeous design
Plenty of connectivity options
Poor webcam positioning
OS update still required for optimal performance

The XPS 13 retains its crown as the undisputed champion of the Ultrabook market, and one can only admire Dell for its unwavering Linux support on a flagship machine. Don’t be misled by the name – it’s not just for developers, and can happily play less-demanding modern games at reasonable settings.

Of course, such treasure comes at a price and though the QHD+ screen is something to behold, some people will prefer to settle for the Full HD version. Those who do will get a consolation prize of improved battery life, but will never know the joy of the tiny pixels and vibrant colour reproduction which the fancier screen is capable of.

2. Alpha Litebook

Superb for those wanting a mainstream Linux laptop

Full HD resolution display
Wide array of connectors
Still relies on a traditional hard disk drive

Google and its armada of Chromebooks seem to have cornered the bottom end of the laptop market, much to the chagrin of traditional Linux users who demand far better value for money. However, one small vendor has pledged to change the way things work.

Alpha Universal uses Elementary OS to power its Litebook laptop which costs roughly the same as a Chromebook, but has twice the system memory, far more expansion capabilities, a faster than average CPU (an Intel Celeron N3150 quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz), a Full HD display and 512GB of ‘replaceable’ storage (a traditional hard disk drive) plus a 32GB SSD. With a very tempting budget price tag, this is a great way for a beginner to explore the world of Linux.

3. Purism Librem 13

Great for privacy fanatics

Designed to be ultra-secure
Two-year warranty by default
Rather expensive

Purism embarked upon a quest to build the most secure laptop ever and (obviously) chose Linux (PureOS or Qubes OS) to power the device – it is the only notebook vendor on the market to offer physical kill switches as standard on its laptops.

Instead of going mainstream, the company tapped into the crowdfunding community to gain more than $430,000 (around £335,000, AU$570,000) worth of funding, allowing it to adopt a stricter ethos than most companies when it comes to privacy, rights to free software and security.

So the Librem 13 might look and feel like a bog-standard laptop but there’s far more to it than meets the eye (for example, they designed their own motherboards).

In addition, its commitment to Linux (and security in general) certainly goes beyond most of the vendors on this list.

4. Dell Precision 17 7720

The world’s most powerful 17-inch workstation supports Ubuntu

Absurdly powerful
Supremely configurable
No support for dual GPUs

Hailed by Dell as the world’s most powerful workstation with a 17-inch display, the Precision 17 7720 has one hidden feature – it can be configured with Ubuntu 16.04 out of the box (don’t forget to remove the Energy Star rating). As expected, it comes with a significant price tag that approaches five figures when it is loaded with all bells and whistles.

It’s comforting to know that even the latest hardware (Xeon Skylake, Quadro P5000, 64GB RAM etc) officially supports Ubuntu (albeit the LTS edition) and is backed by one of the largest players in the market. It’s a shame that Dell, as it stands, is the only major vendor offering Ubuntu across a wide range of laptops catering for multiple segments.

5. System76 Galago Pro

Looking for the ultimate Linux powerhouse?

Extraordinary expansion capabilities
qHD+ display as default
A cheaper Full HD version should be offered

On paper, the Galago Pro from System76 is an absolute beast of a machine, and yet it weighs less than most laptops which also have a 13-inch screen. This is a notebook that rivals the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, featuring an aluminium chassis, and managing to make space for up to 32GB of RAM (yes, 32GB) and up to 6TB of solid-state storage space.

If that wasn’t enough, it has a 13.3-inch qHD+ display, an Ethernet port, an SD card reader, two USB ports and a Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C/mini-DisplayPort connector. In a nutshell, you will be hard pressed to get anything in Windows-land that can deliver this sort of compute power and storage capacity. Note that the laptop will ship in May 2017, so you’ve got a month to wait before you can get your hands on one – but it is possible to pre-order now.

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