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The Novice Guide To Buying A Linux Laptop

All major laptop (notebook) hardware is supported by Linux. The important things to take into account when looking to buy a Linux powered laptops are as follows to avoid any hardware compatibility problems. Selecting correct specification is important. In this first part, I will cover what to look out for when buying a Linux powered laptop.
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Cheap $199 Linux Computer from Shuttle

Asus' Eee PC is the cheapest Linux laptop out there. Now Shuttle introduced its $199 KPC Linux PC. The company didn't have it on display on the actual floor of the convention halls here at the Consumer Electronics Show (too late did I find out you had to zip over to a private suite at the Bellagio for a look-see), but booth representatives were happy to talk details. "It's meant for simple tasks," said sales rep James Wonpu.

Shuttle’s $199 Linux PC

Would you go for such cheap PC?

ASUS Eee PC: $199 Cheap Linux Laptop

The ASUS Eee PC is an upcoming series of ultra-portable laptops designed by Intel and ASUSTeK, aimed at the consumer market. According to ASUS, the name derives from "the three Es": Easy to learn, work, play; Excellent Internet experience and Excellent mobile computing experience

ASUS Eee PC, a small, slim, and light portable computer that is priced at $199. It is powered by Linux.

Both the price and the size of the devices are relatively small in comparison to similar devices, such as Ultra-Mobile PCs. The Eee series is viewed partly as a response to the XO-1 notebook from the One Laptop per Child initiative.

The Eee PC is running a version of Intel's 910 mobile chipset, it uses a 900MHz Intel Dothan based Pentium M CPU, it has 512MB of DDR2 memory, full 802.11g wireless capability, and a flash-based hard drive. There will be at least two different models of the Eee PC, with the $199 version using a 4GB flash hard drive and the $299 version using a 8GB drive.

Cheap Linux Laptop Specs

1. CPU - 900MHz Intel Dothan based Pentium M
2. RAM - 512MB of DDR2 (no upgrade possible)
3. Wirless - 802.11g
4. Hard disk - Flash-based hard drive ($199 for 4GB model, $299 for 8GB model)
5. Weight: .89 kilograms
6. Battery - Approx - 3 hours life
7. Misc - 4 USB 2.0, VGA output, 10/100 Ethernet, 56K phone modem

Few advantages

a) Cost - anyone can afford such system
b) If you use laptop for web browsing, e-mail and a ssh; this is a good system.
b) Almost no noise

Check out this product page for more information. What do you thing? Would you go for such cheap latptop?