Get a Stable, Lightweight, and Customizable System with Laptops and Netbooks
Over the years, competition between operating system developers has been extremely tight. Companies pander to the masses about simplicity, flexibility, and reliability, but they give this to you at a price. While open source software doesn't have the same huge marketing chops to back them up, a lot of enthusiast support has made such operating systems (OS) like Linux and GNU evolve to meet the trends set by more popular albeit closed-source operating systems.
What Is Linux?
- Operating System: As an operating system, Linux is the backbone of your ASUS laptop. It sits underneath all the other software on your laptop receiving the requests sent by applications as you use them, and then relays the requests to your machine's hardware. You may have also heard of the Linux kernel. This is a computer program that is the core of the OS, and which communicates directly between the applications and the hardware.
- Open Source: Linux is open-source, meaning that its source code can be modified and distributed to anyone by anyone for any purpose. This basically means that any person can make their own flavor of Linux, make further optimizations on the base version, and other alterations.
- Flexible: Since it is secure, simple, and customizable, the OS is superbly flexible in that it can be modified to use essential elements of the system but change it to suit a particular use case such as for installation on network servers.
Some Notable ASUS Linux Laptops
- Eee PC F201E-KX066DU: This laptop model has an Ubuntu version apart from the usual Windows choice. It has an Intel Celeron 847 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, integrated graphics, and one USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports. All the components are built into a premium finish chassis with hinge-vents and a spacious chiclet keyboard for mobile productivity.
- X201E: Dubbed an "Ultranetbook," the X201E is slim like an ultrabook but priced as a netbook. This subnotebook has a Linux version but and generally equipped with a Core i3-3217U processor; some lower-end versions get bumped down to a Celeron 847. Otherwise, it has 4 GB of RAM and 320 GB of data storage, which you could swap for an SSD for faster read and write speeds. This laptop is mainly built for office-type tasks but is proficient as a multimedia machine with its 11.6-inch display.
- Eee PC 1015PX: This netbook has an Ubuntu-installed option, which is a distribution based on the Linux operating system, capable of a long battery life. Its power-efficient Atom N570 CPU and small screen ensure 11 hours of battery life, while its built-in cloud computing services ensure productivity on the go.