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    Which Netbook is Best for Linux?

    Hi, sorry for the stupid question, which of the netbooks is the best to put Linux on? I think between HP11 Coral Blue and Aser AO1 ( characteristics u can look here:https://www.bestadvisor.com/best-netbooks ) Plz need fast answer, leaving for a business trip tomorrow

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    Re: Which Netbook is Best for Linux?

    I've moved this to its own thread.

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    Re: Which Netbook is Best for Linux?

    Dells XPS 13 7390 preloaded with Ubuntu.

    But that depends on your definition of "netbook" and "best." These are subjective terms. What is important to you? I want a wired intel gigE NIC. 1080p or higher resolution, 8-32G of RAM, USB3-A and USB3-c ports. SDHC slot, 10 hrs of battery, 6500 passmarks or more and prefer a 13inch size that weighs less than 3 lbs, including the power adaptor.

    Most importantly, I demand a useable keyboard and most laptops just don't have one I like. I've worn out keyboards from Toshiba and Acer systems. I barely use wifi, so that isn't a priority, still it needs to work.

    I do not want a discrete GPU. Give me the built-in Core i5/i7 iGPU i915 any day - this helps with power use.
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    An eSATA port is a nice-to-have, but harder to find.

    So, what do you need, like, hate?

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    Re: Which Netbook is Best for Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by leowu12 View Post
    Hi, sorry for the stupid question, which of the netbooks is the best to put Linux on? I think between HP11 Coral Blue and Aser AO1 ( characteristics u can look here:https://www.bestadvisor.com/best-netbooks ) Plz need fast answer, leaving for a business trip tomorrow
    I just bought this bad boy, and I love it. Runs Kubuntu like a dream

    https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Chromebo...NsaWNrPXRydWU=
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    Re: Which Netbook is Best for Linux?

    +1 for ASUS, though i would probably buy something bigger.

    these things are now much thinner than i need. i like a larger screen (not more pixels than HD). i probably should get a desktop since i don't move around as much. more RAM, 2 TB of SSD, more RAM, more cores, more RAM. i hope i remembered to mention more RAM. my next machine needs to have at least 32 GB RAM, though i'd like to have 96 GB or 128 GB. 1920X1080/HD/2K graphics is enough for me, though 3840x2160/UHD/4K would have its pluses even though i would not be able to see the resolution.
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    Re: Which Netbook is Best for Linux?

    i would add easy to repair/upgrade to the list of wanted laptop features. just saw nice HP machines. they have room inside and one can add HDD (e.g. for static data).

    however if sky was the limit and money wasn't an obstacle, i would get one of those Panasonic Toughbook 55. i mean the semi rugged models are fully modular. you can add and remove stuff. you can even have 2 batteries in it (for 40 hour usage), add a dedicated GPU... really awesome machines with a nice handle for easy manipulation. not sure how well linux is supported though.

    also i would like another feature or rather lack of it - touch screen. why would someone want to smudge the screen with fingers?
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    Re: Which Netbook is Best for Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shibblet View Post
    I just bought this bad boy, and I love it. Runs Kubuntu like a dream

    https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Chromebo...NsaWNrPXRydWU=
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    Cool Re: Which Netbook is Best for Linux?

    Between the two on your post : Acer Aspire One Cloubbook, 14-inch

    https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?d=Acer+Aspire+One+Cloudbook%2C+14-Inch


    The one you had from amazon is refurbished. It is the better of the two.

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