Asus Will Release Ubuntu-Powered Low Cost Laptops In USA

Hello Linux Geeksters. Canonical has teamed up with Asus, in order to launch low-cost Asus laptops with Ubuntu pre-installed, in the USA. They also have partnerships with Dell and HP, for selling Ubuntu-based laptops.

The two Ubuntu-based Asus laptops are ASUS X201E-DH01 and ASUS 1015E-DS03.

Asus Will Release Ubuntu-Powered Low Cost Laptops In USA

Hardware specifications of ASUS X201E-DH01: an 11.6 inch screen with the max resolution of 1366×768 pixels, 4 GB DDR 3, 1.1 GHz Celeron 847 processor, 320 GB hard disk, Intel GMA HD graphics, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port and wireless 802.11 b/g/n.

Hardware specifications of ASUS 1015E-DS03: an 10.1 inch screen with the max resolution of 1366×768 pixels, 2 GB DDR 3, 1.1 GHz Celeron 847 processor, 320 GB hard disk, Intel GMA HD graphics, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port and wireless 802.11 b/g/n.

ASUS X201E-DH01 is available for orders for $305.33, while ASUS 1015E-DS03 is a little cheaper, the price being somewhere between $199.00 – $249.00.

Also, System76 creates Ubuntu laptops and computers, but they are not low cost at all.

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3 comments on “Asus Will Release Ubuntu-Powered Low Cost Laptops In USA
  1. Joe says:

    On the ASUS 1015E-DS03, can you install Linux Mint 15 ( Xfce ) on it?

    If so…how? I’d love a little netbook running MINT.

    Any help you can give? Thank you if you can, if not, thanks for trying.

  2. Don S says:

    @Joe: I’m using the 1015e-ds03 with Ubuntu. I’ve run Puppy and Android x86 from USB sticks, and although Puppy didn’t pick up the Broadcom wireless without fussing everything else worked. I don’t see why you couldn’t run Mint. A number of folks have commented on the partitioning the machine ships with: there are FAT32 partitions for EFI boot and Ubuntu recovery data (restore-to-factory). There’s a sizable NTFS partition as well, about 2/3 the size of the main ext4 Linux partition. Not sure what it’s for, unless to enable file-sharing with Windows.

    But the fact is, this little ASUS runs Linux like a champ.

    • Don S says:

      A little more fiddling around shows that the uefi implementation on this ASUS makes installing some systems less than straightforward. The oddball NTFS partition can be reformatted to ext3 or ext4 and used to install a second Linux OS, but without a uefi workaround some distros may not boot. I was successful with Manjaro Linux, and unsuccessful with Zorin, WattOS, and Vector Linux. (To be more accurate, I haven’t done the research to work with the uefi and enable those systems.)

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