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Best Linux Laptop: What are the top options 2017 (April Update). Linux для ноутбука


How to choose a laptop for Linux Mint

If you buy a new laptop for Linux, you do not just buy the Windows laptop you like and hope for the best - you need to plan your purchasing to ensure that it will work well with Linux. Fortunately, compatibility with hardware in Linux is now better than ever.

Most desktop Linux distributions are installed on computers that were created without any concern for Linux users. The equipment may not work perfectly in Linux and if not, the manufacturer doesn't care. Some research before buying can save you nerves later.

Laptops that come with LinuxActually, it is possible to get a laptop that comes preloaded with Linux. This is a good option if you seriously intend to use Linux and just want to get your equipment worked. These laptops do not just preset a distribution you can choose to perform the installation for a few minutes - but you get a guarantee that Linux will correctly maintained. Installing Linux on this laptop, it is claimed that he had some work to ensure that the equipment works correctly, it has the driver under Linux distributions, and so on. Technical support will seriously consider you if you have a problem when running in Linux: they won't shut down under the pretext that only supported Windows.

Here are some laptops that you can explore and buy right now:

  • Laptops System76: this manufacturer specializes in laptops, desktops and server hardware with Ubuntu preinstalled. They make this all - laptops System76 even button Super is an image of the logo of Ubuntu, not Windows, as in the vast majority of computers. System76 sells a large number of notebooks from 14-inch to 17-inch "monsters" created as a powerful Linux-analogues productive gaming Windows laptops
  • Laptops ZaReason - this company also sells laptops, servers and desktop computers running Linux. Their laptops are cheaper than from System76.

Please note that we do not have any of these laptops, so can't recommend anything. You need to read reviews of the latest versions of these devices to make their own buying decision.

Using a Chromebook

How to choose a laptop for Linux Mint

Chromebook also can be turned into a cheap Linux laptops. ChromeOS is a slightly modified Linux desktop with a different interface, so the hardware chromebooks will support desktop Linux. You can install a traditional Linux desktop system along with ChromeOS and use the same driver hardware that come with the Chromebook itself, so everything should work perfectly.

Downside to using a Chromebook as a portable Linux computer that they were not created for this. In them a small amount of internal memory, and they are designed to be lightweight systems to work with the Internet. They won't like you if you're going to run multiple virtual machines at a time, as you have compiled code. However, they are much cheaper than the usual Linux laptops. So if you want a simple cheap little device to work with Linux Mint or Ubuntu, Chromebook can work for you.

We reviewed some things that you should think about when you buy chromebook for use with Linux. Be especially careful in the differences between the Chromebook based on ARM architecture and Intel processors.

Laptops that do not come with LinuxYou may also want to buy a laptop that comes without Linux, and set it on him. It will also allow you to use dualboot when your computer has both Windows and Linux. Or you can remove the preinstalled windows and then install Linux.More and more equipment is now becoming highly compatible with Linux, but, in my opinion, you still need to do some research to make sure that no problems will arise. Be especially careful with laptops with switchable graphics technology NVIDIA Optimus is not supported properly in Linux. Maybe you will succeed to make it work, but it may be very difficult.In Linux Mint/Ubuntu there is a base of certified equipment. The certification process allows manufacturers to certify their laptops, desktops and servers to be compatible with Ubuntu. Buying a computer, you can be assured that it will be free to run your Linux - and possibly many other popular Linux distributions.If you like any laptop, but it comes without Linux and not certified as compatible, you can search in Google the model name with the words Linux or Ubuntu. See what other Linux users are saying about their experience with this OS on this hardware. Make sure you see the information about the correct version, don't read the information on last year's versions, because it can be outdated.Actually, to buy a laptop for Linux is very simple. You can just buy the recent laptops that come with Linux, from major manufacturers such as Dell, or buy one of the many Windows-based laptops, and it should work correctly. The chromebooks also have the chance to become your computers is a lightweight, inexpensive, and fully compatible with the Linux version. But maybe still worth to read information about your favorite models in the Network.

May the Force be with you,Good Luck!!!

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12 great Linux operating systems for netbooks

Introduction

One of the most common questions asked on the Linux based sub-reddits at Reddit.com is “Which Linux distribution would be the best for a netbook?”.

The truth is that what works for one person may not work for another. I have however reviewed a large number of Linux distributions and many of these reviews have been conducted using  an Acer Aspire One D255 Netbook.

The Acer Aspire One has a 1,6 ghz Atom processor, just 1gb of RAM and a small 160 gb hard drive. The netbook comes pre-installed with Windows 7 starter, dual booting with an old version of Android. To be honest it runs like a hog.

With Linux installed the Acer Aspire One is actually a very nice little netbook but it does rely on you being sensible about what you are installing.

The following distributions have either been installed on the Acer Aspire One or I believe would run perfectly well on an Acer Aspire One. I have included links to the original reviews so that you can see any issues that I found.

Bodhi Linux

I reviewed Bodhi Linux last year when it was version 2.1. The latest version is 2.4.

Bodhi uses the e17 desktop environment and it looks very stylish. The installation is quick taking between 5 and 10 minutes.

Connecting to the internet was simply a case of clicking on the network icon on the top shelf and choosing the appropriate wireless connection.

Flash doesn’t work out of the box but it is easy enough to install.

There aren’t many applications installed by default but Bodhi provides applications in bundles that can be installed via the Midori browser. You can also install applications by using the familiar Synaptic application.

There were a couple of minor issues (which may have been fixed now) but Bodhi is easy to use and very responsive on the netbook.

Crunchbang

I tried Crunchbang earlier on this year and although I didn’t try it on the netbook I did try it on a computer with fairly low specifications.

Crunchbang perhaps isn’t for people who like their bells and whistles. You will be amazed however at the performance Crunchbang gives you.

Connecting to the internet is simply a case of selecting the appropriate wireless network by clicking the network icon from the toolbar at the top.

Crunchbang comes pre-installed with GIMP for image editing, VLC media player, Abiword and Gnumeric.

There isn’t an audio player installed by default but you can use Synaptic for downloading and installing applications.

Flash works straight away but to play MP3s you have to install the GStreamer Ugly Plugin.

Linux Lite

If you are a Windows user then you will find that Linux Lite looks quite familiar especially if you are used to using Windows XP.

You can connect to the internet by clicking on the network icon in the system tray. Linux Lite uses the WiCD application for connecting to wireless networks. It is fairly obvious what you have to do. Pick a network and enter the relevant security details.

To install software in Linux Lite you can either use Synaptic or to install common applications use the “Install Additional Software” menu item. The latter option makes it easy to install WINE, Virtualbox and the Restricted Extras package (which then gives you Flash, the ability to play MP3s, Java and truetype fonts).

Applications included by default include GIMP for image editing, LibreOffice, Mumble voice chat, Steam, and VLC.

Linux Lite is very stable, responsive and comes with a good set of applications.

LXPup

LXPup is a variation of Puppy Linux that uses the LXDE desktop.

Puppy Linux comes with a great range of small applications that just do the job required without too many bells and whistles.

For instance to connect to the internet you can use the simple network setup tool. There are dozens of programs installed by default including Abiword and Gnumeric.

LXPup includes CD rippers, media converters, video players and the excellent PMusic player.

Flash isn’t installed but there is a menu option that makes it easy enough to get it.

Puppy Linux is great fun to use and you get so much installed by default and it is incredibly responsive.

MacPUP

MacPup is another version of Puppy Linux but this time it is set up to look more like a Mac desktop.

MacPup is excellent and is my favourite version of Puppy Linux. It comes with the usual number of applications that you expect with Puppy Linux and there is also the Quickpet application which makes it easy to install programs such as GIMP and Audacity.

Connecting to the internet is as simple as using the simple network setup tool. Flash isn’t installed by default but can easily be installed via the package manager.

Manjaro

I didn’t actually try Manjaro on the netbook but I did try it on a computer with fairly low specifications and as the version I reviewed was the Openbox edition then it should be perfect for a netbook.

The first thing you will notice is the ultra quick boot time. The performance of Manjaro overall is also very impressive.

Connecting to the internet is as easy as selecting the network icon and then choosing the appropriate wireless network.

Navigating around Manjaro requires right clicking on the desktop and navigating to the chosen application.

There aren’t many applications installed by default but you can use Pacman to install applications.

Flash worked but getting music to play via the default XNoise application was a little tricky.

I would say that Manjaro is for the more experienced user and might not be the first port of call for people who are new to Linux but for people who don’t mind experimenting and who have the skills to find their way around Linux it is ideal.

Linux Mint 15 XFCE

Most distributions running XFCE will be great for a Linux netbook. Linux MINT provides a standard interface whether you are using a laptop, desktop or netbook.

For more powerful machines the Cinnamon desktop would be the desktop of choice, however the look and feel is the same with the XFCE version but without the glamour. Substance over style.

With Linux Mint you get everything working out of the box. Connecting to the internet is as easy as clicking the network icon and choosing the appropriate wireless network.

Flash works without having to install anything and MP3s play without installing extra codecs.

Linux Mint 15 comes with LibreOffice and GIMP installed by default.

Peppermint OS

I reviewed Peppermint 3 but the latest version is now Peppermint 4.

Peppermint utilises the concept of cloud computing.

Basically you use web applications for all your needs and using the concept of a site specific browser you turn the web application into a desktop application.

If you don’t like that concept then you can use Peppermint Linux in the same was as Lubuntu. Peppermint uses the LXDE desktop and comes with Synaptic for installing desktop applications.

SolusOS

SolusOS uses the Consort desktop environment which is the Phoenix out of the ashes of Gnome 2.

The layout will again be familiar for Windows users and the menu system looks very similar to the Windows 7 menu.

Flash and MP3s work straight away and connecting to the internet is as simple as choosing the appropriate wireless connection after clicking on the network icon.

SolusOS comes with PlayOnLinux installed, Dropbox, Firefox, LibreOffice, Rhythmbox and VLC player.

I used SolusOS for a number of months on the Acer Aspire one and I can vouch that it works really well.

SolydX

SolydX uses the XFCE desktop. It is based on Debian and is very crisp and clean looking.

SolydX uses the WiCD network manager for connecting to the internet and comes with Flash and MP3 codecs installed by default.

There is a good range of fairly lightweight applications including Firefox, Exaile (Audio), VLC player, Abiword and Gnumeric.

SolydX provides a great blend between functionality and performance.

Xubuntu

If you want to go more mainstream then Xubuntu is Ubuntu with the XFCE desktop.

For me Xubuntu provides the best method of navigation around the XFCE desktop by providing the panel at the top and a panel of icons at the bottom.

Using Flash and playing MP3s requires the installation of Xubuntu restricted extras.

There aren’t many applications installed by default but you can use the software centre to install anything you require.

Zorin OS Lite

Zorin is now at version 7. My review was written back at version 6.

Basically Zorin OS is made to emulate the look and feel of other operating systems. You can choose to make the desktop look like Windows 2000 or Mac OSX within Zorin Lite.

For users used to Windows it really does provide a familiar look and feel.

Connecting to the internet is as easy as choosing the wireless connection by clicking on the network icon in the system tray.

You can choose the browser that you wish to use using the browser manager.

Flash and MP3s were supported straight away and Zorin OS Lite comes with Audacious as the music player which is a good choice.

There aren’t many applications installed by default but there is Abiword for editing documents, a PDF viewer, a messenger, a personal organiser, calculator and mail client.

You can install extra software by using the Software Centre, Synaptic or the Zorin Extra Software tool. The Zorin Extra Software tool includes WINE and VLC.

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Summary

When choosing an operating system for a netbook you need to go for a more lightweight distribution but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on functionality.

You can have a stylish looking desktop and all the applications you would normally use.

Thankyou for reading.

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What are the top options 2017 (April Update)

I think you understand that finding the best Linux laptop is not as easy as finding a laptop for a particular piece of software or a profession.

A mechanical engineer buying a laptop will at least know that the touchpad, audio, and graphics cards will be working. Anything else wouldn’t be acceptable. But this is not the case for Linux laptops. Even in 2017, there are a lot of issues when trying to stuff most Linux distros into a non-certified laptop. And if you’ve got a Windows laptop or a Chromebook – a problem with Linux is a problem you’ll need to solve.

But searching for the perfect out-of-the-box compatibility is an easy way to leave yourself with just a few options on the table. That’s why, I’m going to look for the laptops that are great overall while maintaining sufficient compatibility with Linux (as in, they have guides showing how to fix any or most of the issues that can occur).

In this post, I’ll start off with the basic prep-work: choosing a distro, what hardware we should avoid and what metrics are most important when in search for the best Linux laptop. Finally, I’ll list out some great options: Chromebooks, Windows laptops and workstationswith pre-installed Linux.

It’s worth to note, as a programmer, I have a bias for a fast processor, a lot of RAM and SSD. That’s why some of the best Linux laptops for me might not match your needs if you will not be using your laptop for work.

Also, even though I have updated this guide in 2017, I haven’t found any guides on Ubuntu 17.04 so, but there’re a few on 16.04 LTS and 16.10.

Pick a distro upfront

First of all, if you already have made you mind on Linux distro – it will be easier to find a compatible laptop suiting your needs.

And if you haven’t – there are a lot of good Linux distros to choose from. Also, if you’re a user of some classic distro, remember that getting a new laptop can be one of the best times to try out a new flavor of Linux. For example, if you’d like to get a Chromebook for Linux, then GalliumOS (subreddit) could be a nice choice. Or maybe this is the time you’ll finally try out Elementary?

Specs for best Linux laptop

Processor

For modern processors, there are no limitations what processor you should choose. Of course, I am not talking about ARM CPUs but they too have their own ARM Linux ports, Arch Linux ARM (ALARM) being the most prominent.

In theory, there could be a few problems with a processor. Starting with kernel 4.3, Linux supports Skylake (6th-gen) i7 processor graphics. Also, any modern Linux kernel supports hyperthreading and dynamic frequency scaling which are the only problematic issues when installing non-supported OS. These were issues when searching for a laptop for Hackintosh, but for Linux it’s not a problem.

As always, use common sense when looking for a processor – if you need the best application performance, go for latest 4th-6th gen Intel Core i7 processors: i7-6700HQ, i7-6820HK, i7-7700HQ. Laptops with these processors can be found starting at $650, but for the most part, these powerhouses are usually within $900 – $3000 range.

As a mid-range option, U-series i7 (i7-6500U, i7-7500U) and HQ-series i5 CPUs are the best (i5-7300HQ). If battery life is more important than general performance, you can go for laptops under $700 with a more power-efficient i3 or i5 processor.

Finally, if you need a cheap Chromebook or something of its type – there are plenty of Intel Celeron laptops to choose from of very similar performance: N2840 , N3050, N3150. These processors dominate the market under $300. Though, if you’re not extremely tight on your spending, you would be better off spending an extra $50 for a laptop with i3-5005U, i3-5010U or i3-5020U processor. These are the cheapest Intel Core processors around but they are 2-3x faster than Intel Celeron models by their PassMark and 3DMark scores.

Graphics card

Integrated graphics (Intel)

To make matters simple, if you are not going to use your Linux laptop for gaming or working with multimedia – just choose integrated graphics. Intel HD Graphics no longer means that the laptop has crap-tier video – it’s actually suitable to play some basic games including some Windows games on PlayOnLinux or just plain old Wine.

Dedicated graphics (Nvidia)

Most of you probably already know the reason why I’m steering away from dedicated graphics. These days, “dedicated video card” usually means Nvidia video card. And all Nvidia’s cards come with Nvidia Optimus technology which allows turning off the video card if it is not absolutely needed. This saves A LOT of battery life and is a must if you want to use your laptop on battery for more than a few hours. In theory, it sounds great. It even works in practice… on Windows.

There’s no official support for all of Nvidia Optimus on Linux. That makes Nvidia cards a non-working piece of garbage or at least a handicapped version of what you’d be getting if you were using Windows.

TL;DR Lack of Nvidia Optimus on Linux transforms all dedicated graphics cards into as good as non-existent or a power drain. No wonder why Linus Torvalds gave Nvidia the finger.

You probably are seeing this image for the 100th time.

Though, there’s some light at the end of Nvidia tunnel. There were some attempts from Nvidia to add Optimus support but their Nvidia Prime drivers allow switching graphics only manually and only on a session basis.

There’s also an independent BumbleBee project which tries to do what Nvidia couldn’t. From all known solutions, it works the best but it has its own caveats and is not “seamless”. After looking at its BumbleBee’s GitHub repository, it seems that BumbleBee hasn’t been updated in 3 years. Ouch… so do not expect many updates on this front.

You can read more about the state of Nvidia Optimus support here.

Therefore, before you buy a gaming or multimedia laptop for Linux, research if anyone else got their video card properly working on that model.

RAM

4 GB can be enough in many cases. Though that depends on your chosen distro and how you’ll be using your new laptop. For professional use, you should start with at least 8 GB and preferably – 16 GB.

Screen

Touchscreens are supported in Linux but their usage depends on your particular desktop environment. I haven’t tried that many of them but from what I’ve read, Unity, Gnome, and KDE are best when it comes to touchscreen support.

4K resolution (and UHD, QHD, etc) might be problematic to setup. UI elements might be very small and you might need to set DPI scaling before window manager starts. Also, there are vast differences between how Linux window managers handle these high resolutions. I heavily recommend looking through ArchLinux Wiki article on HiDPi.

Apart from that, remember to do a basic check of screen metrics – just because it works flawlessly on Linux does not mean it’s good. Knowing panel type (preferably even its subtype), resolution, brightness, contrast and color gamut coverage can all be important depending on your type of work. Usually, these metrics can be found in 3rd party reviews.

Here are some basic figures you should look for if getting a laptop with a great is crucial to you:

Good starting point Professional
Panel IPS IPS
Resolution 1920×1080 3200×1800
Brightness (avg.) 260 nits 330 nits
Contrast 800:1 1200:1
Adobe sRGB 80% 95%

Wi-Fi

For the most part, Broadcom Wi-Fi chips are not supported (!). Most other brands play nicely with Linux or can be made to do so. If Wi-Fi does not work out of the box, you might need to install non-manufacturer drivers or to create a custom config.

You should always check if there are any reviews, forum posts or if the manufacturer’s tech sheet specifies Wi-Fi card that is used. But be aware, that some laptop models come with different Wi-Fi chips depending on their series and the region laptop was made for. That’s why, if you’re getting a new and untested model, you’re never really guaranteed that Wi-Fi will work out of the box.

In some cases, Wi-Fi chips can be replaced, especially in 15″ and 17″ laptops. Worst comes to worst, you can get a USB Wi-Fi stick. Here’re a few popular options for Wi-Fi:

Bonus. Ubuntu Documentation on Wireless Card Support.

Storage

The last significant update to storage drivers came in 3.3 kernel which introduced NVMe support for faster PCIe SSDs using NVMe instead of SCSI. You can even add a command line interface to NVMe if you prefer to keep tabs on your hardware.

Apart from that, there’s not much left to say about storage. SSD or not, just get what matches your needs.

Certified hardware

Here’s a list of certified/tested hardware or even entire laptops.

That’s how ArchLinux summarizes Dell XPS 13 (2015)

Best laptops for Linux

Linux pre-installed

There are a few places to buy laptops with Linux already pre-loaded. At the same time, if there isn’t a good deal at the time, these laptops can cost more than the mass-market Windows laptops. If you want more variety, especially in form-factor and design, you’ll need to get a non-Linux laptop with sufficient compatibility and drag it to the Linux realm by yourself.

I will not cover these laptops as there are very few options, but if you want a Ubuntu workstation, System76 laptops can be a good place to start with. Getting a laptop with a Linux distro already installed will save you some time and you shouldn’t rule out these laptops out in your search for the best laptop for Linux.

Chromebooks

Let’s start off with the links and projects that you should keep in mind before buying a Chromebook for Linux.

Chromebooks for Linux
  • Entry-level models
  • Mid-range
  • High-end
    • [$1300] Google Pixel (2015)Intel Core i7-5500U, 16 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD, 12.85″ 2560×1700Google Pixel is definately one of the best laptops for Linux. But considering its specs – it is a bit overpriced – unless you insist on getting a top-of-the-line screen.

There is a good list of laptops on Google Chromebook site.

Windows-oriented laptops

Dell XPS Series

Dell has embraced Linux and has been offering Linux-driven models for quite a while. Their latest Ubuntu-infused model is Dell XPS 13 (Developer Edition). It comes with Ubuntu 14.04 (which I guess you’ll upgrade anyways). You also could just get the Windows version of XPS 13 and load your distro to it. There are a few great deals of its refurbished versions if you want to save a nice chunk of money.

Lenovo Linux Laptops

There isn’t a single thread on any forum where someone doesn’t mention their close-to-flawless experience with Lenovo laptops – especially ThinkPad X series. There’s a whole wiki just on ThinkPad Linux.

There are other well-received Lenovo models that are suitable for Linux. A few good examples:

  • most ThinkPads in X series (there are problems with X250 and X260)
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T460s
  • Lenovo Thinkpad T540p
  • Lenonvo W540/550
  • Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

A few years ago, getting a ThinkPad X series would be an easy and very obvious choice when searching for Linux laptop. But now, most of them are either outdated, or they are niche models that can be substituted with products from other brands.

HP Laptops for Linux

HP is one of the best laptop brands (or at least, was) when it comes to Hackintoshing. They’re not that bad when it comes to Linux too. Right now, I would recommend getting HP Envy 13 or HP Spectre x360 (more about them in a minute).

My recommended Linux laptops

ASUS ZenBook UX303UA

1

Best budget 13 inch laptop for Linux

i5-6200U | HD 520 | 8GB RAM | 250 GB SSD | 13.3″ Touch IPS 1920×1080 | 4h 30min

There is also a 15-inch version (Asus Zenbook UX305):

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HP Envy 13

2

Best mid-range laptop for Linux

i7-6500U | HD 520 | 8GB RAM | 250 GB SSD | 13.3″ IPS 3200×1800 | 5h 30min

What doesn’t work:

Guides:

There also is a slightly more expensive 2-in-1 HP model: HP Spectre x360

What doesn’t work:

  • Screen orientation sensor

Guides:

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Dell XPS 15 9560

5

Best laptop to run Linux

i7-7700HQ | GTX 1050 4GB | 16GB RAM | 500 GB SSD (PCIe) | 15.6″ IPS 1920×1080 | 5h 30min

You might need to jump through a few hoops until everything is in order. Here’re a few links to get it running on some popular Linux distributions:

Guides
Distro installations
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MacBooks

Often Apple’s hardware can play nice with Linux (as OS X is based on Unix). Despite that, there are often some issues with MacBooks and at least in my opinion, there are more dollar-efficient ways to get a good Linux machine. After all, OS X is one of the main reasons to get a MacBook.

TL;DR

  1. Pick a distro
  2. Decide on your budget limits
  3. Get a Chromebook or a mostly compatible Windows laptop
  4. Always check for guides/reviews/complaints from other Linux users – preferably of your own distro or the same distro family. You can save a lot of time if you’ll know how exactly your distro will need to be installed (or if you should even build kernel on your own)
  5. Configure the system to solve possible touchpad, touchscreen, function keys issues

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The 5 best Linux laptops of 2018

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 27-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

Little hardware customisation

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. The laptop is customisable so you can configure it to be suitable for everything from routine office tasks to gaming, depending on how much you’re willing to pay.

If you wish, you can plump for the most expensive XPS 13, which has a 4K (3,840 x 2,160) InfinityEdge touchscreen. The slightly more wallet-friendly configuration runs with a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) 13.3-inch InfinityEdge non-touch display. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the higher-res screen will tax the GPU and CPU more, and may affect battery life adversely.

As this is touted as a 'Developer' edition, it's surprising there aren't more customisation options. The basic model comes with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, and cannot be upgraded during checkout. The more expensive version allows you to choose between the default 512GB SSD or to pay extra for a 1TB solid-state drive.

Both models come preinstalled with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

2. Alpha Litebook

Superb for those wanting a mainstream Linux laptop

Full HD resolution display

Wide array of connectors

SSD option only gives you 120GB capacity

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. While you can get a Chromebook for roughly the same price with a comparable amount of system RAM, the Litebook gives you much more storage for your buck as well as far more in the way of expansion capabilities. The Intel Celeron N3150 quad-core processor (clocked at 1.6GHz) is also very respectable for an ultra-light machine.

Combine this with a Full HD display and 512GB of storage courtesy of a hard disk – or you can elect to have a 120GB SSD instead, or alternatively the ‘hybrid’ option is a 512GB HDD plus a 32GB SSD – and it’s clear the Litebook is a great way for a beginner to explore the world of Linux.

If you need a more powerful machine, the Alpha Store does offer Linux laptops with beefier specs such as the Centurion Ultra.

3. Purism Librem 13

Great for privacy fanatics

Designed to be ultra-secure

Upgrade option to three-year warranty

Rather expensive

Purism embarked upon a quest to build the most secure laptop ever and (obviously) chose Linux (PureOS) 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 £320,000, AU$550,000) worth of funding, allowing it to adopt a stricter ethos than most firms when it comes to privacy, rights to free software and security.

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, the company designed its own motherboards).

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

4. System76 Oryx Pro

A highly configurable notebook with plenty of potential

Choice of 15.6 or 17.3-inch display

Nicely configurable

Can be very expensive

The Oryx Pro was built for Linux and indeed currently offers a choice of either Ubuntu 16.04 or System76’s own Ubuntu-based Pop!_OS 17.10 on purchase.

The chassis is made from lightweight aluminium with a matte black finish and you even have a choice of display size (15.6 or 17.3-inch). Graphics are provided by GeForce GTX 10 series GPUs and the Oryx packs an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor (with Turbo to 3.8GHz) into its thin frame.

The online store encourages you to customise the Oryx to suit your needs. By default you get 8GB of RAM and a 250GB SSD, but you can pay extra to upgrade to 64GB of system memory with a 2TB SSD if you wish – although the top-end configurations get very expensive here.

You can also choose between Nvidia’s GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 when it comes to the GPU, and it’s possible to add extra drives, or purchase a laptop bag designed to carry and protect your machine. The warranty of the notebook can be extended to provide coverage for three years.

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).

The Galago Pro has two hard drive bays. The 'OS Drive' in the first bay is a 120GB SSD by default but can be specified at up to 2TB when you order. You can also choose to install a second SSD in the other bay of up to 4TB capacity.

If that wasn’t enough, it has a 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 3,200 x 1,800, 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.

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How to choose the best Linux distro for your laptop

Note: Our best Linux distro for laptops feature has been fully updated. This article was first published in January 2011.

The smart notebook user shouldn't overlook Linux. The question is: which distro should you pick to run on your laptop?

Experienced users may recommend Arch Linux for fast performance, Debian for stability and Ubuntu for its collection of user-friendly, pre-installed apps.

If that's not enough choice to make your head spin, Slackware is also very popular amongst people with older laptops, although it's only really suitable for advanced users. 

In this article, we'll look at different usage scenarios that should be familiar to users of portable devices and explore Linux distros that are suitable for these particular cases. 

To make everybody's life easier, we've limited this guide to pre-packaged Live Linux distros. We'll also stick to Live installations as much as possible throughout this tour. This is important if you're working on a corporate laptop and can't install software, as you can test drive an OS without special permissions.

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Linux for gaming

Linux is a wonderful platform for gaming, whatever your preferred genre. There's plenty to choose from, including real-time and turn-based strategy titles, puzzle games and first-person shooters.

To get started in the world of Linux gaming, one of the best Live DVDs has to be Fedora Games Spin, which comes as a downloadable 3.9GB ISO you can burn to disc or copy to USB. Log in as the Live system user (no password) and use the Application Finder to browse over 100 games spread across genres as diverse as arcade, adventure and sport. 

The concept behind the distribution is boot and play – just pop a USB drive, CD or DVD into your laptop, the distro will boot and you can start gaming. This approach is particularly useful if your laptop has been configured by an overzealous system administrator.

Fedora uses hybrid ISOs which can be booted from DVD or copied to a USB stick. You can use the specialist Fedora Media Writer tool to do this. If you copy the Live install to a USB stick, you can then install extras such as Wine and other games through the Yum Extender app.

Steam and 'Play on Linux' (a gaming-friendly frontend for Wine) can also be installed via the non-free RPM Fusion and the PlayOnLinux RPM repositories respectively. Once installed, just reload Yum, let it update and the packages will be accessible.

There are other Live-friendly gaming distros to try too. Live Linux Gamers is getting a little long in the tooth (the latest version was released in 2011) but is available as a Lite edition that fits on a CD if you're out of DVDs.

Steam for Linux is an official gaming client created by Valve, the people behind Counter Strike and Team Fortress. The client supports hundreds of games such as the Civilization series as well as the original Half Life shooter.

To get started, run a regular version of Linux such as Ubuntu, then follow the instructions on Valve's website to install the client. There is a separate SteamOS based on Debian Linux but this can't be booted into a Live environment, rather it must be installed to a hard drive. 

Finally, there's the Ubuntu-based Ultimate Gamers Edition – to download the latest version (4.4), ignore the 'Gamer' link on the website and choose 'Ultimate Edition 4.4'. Choose the Gamers Edition from the Download Links section. This also includes Wine and the PlayOnLinux app for playing Windows games on Linux.

If Windows games are what you're after, you'll also need to download Cedega and CrossOver Games. These tools aren't included in any distribution, but for maximum compatibility it's best to download the latest releases from the developers' original websites.

  • Get a Chromebook with a Linux distro pre-installed

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13 Best Linux Distro For Laptop In 2018 (Updated)

Knowing that Linux is the most secure, reliable, advance and open-source operating system in the world.In, desktop we have used many types of Linux.Such as,Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora etc.But, what about the Laptop users? How they choose the best Linux distro for Laptop?

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What is the best Linux distro for Laptop?

Well, here is the deal.In this post, I will describe 13 best Linux distro for laptop which is really made for Laptop/Notebook users.I’m sure that after reading this post you can decide which Linux distro is best for you.So, let’s start.

CUB Linux (Discontinued)

If you want a modern, beautiful, fast, stable and low battery uses Linux distribution, Cub Linux is the best solution.It was previously known as Chromixium OS.In my opinion, Cub Linux can be used in any kind of Laptop/Notebook from Old to Modern.It looks like as Google Chrome OS and based on Ubuntu.

You can run any Software/Apps from Chrome store.On the other hand, you can also install Ubuntu-based software from the synaptic package manager, terminal, gdebi package manager etc.

The most important things of this OS is, it uses Openbox Window Manager. It can run on low battery and also use low system resources. Cub Linux has come with built-in Chromium web browser and much other useful application for ease of use.

Cub Linux at a glance
Based OnArchitectureDesktop EnvironmentPackage Manager
Ubuntu (LTS) x86/64 Openbox .deb
Cub Linux System Requirements (From Official Source)
  • 512 MB or more Ram (1GB is Recommended)
  • 1GHz or more processor, Intel/AMD (Dual Core Preferred)
  • 4GB HDD Space (8GB Preferred)
  • 1GB Pendrive or USB Drive or DVD-RW for installation
  • Minimum 800×600 Resolution Graphics Card (1024×600 or better recommended)
  • Wired or Wireless internet connection
Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Small, Fast and Beautiful
  • Low System Requirement
  • Low Power Uses
  • Look Like Google Chrome OS
  • Support Both Chrome Apps and Ordinary Linux Desktop Apps
  • Completely Laptop/Notebook Friendly

Cons

  • The Apps Menu Has A Little Bug
  • Boot Up Speed Slightly Slower Than Other Ubuntu Based Linux
  • Not for the Ubuntu Unity Desktop Lovers

 

LXLE Linux

LXLE is another a best Linux distro for Laptop.From Distrowatch we find that:

“LXLE is an easy-to-use lightweight desktop Linux distribution based on Lubuntu and featuring the LXDE desktop environment. Compared to its parent, LXLE has a number of unique characteristics: it is built from Ubuntu’s LTS (long-term support) releases, it covers most users’ everyday needs by providing a good selection of default applications, and it adds useful modifications and tweaks to improve performance and functions”

LXLE mainly based on Lubuntu.But, if you are faithful with Windows XP or Windows vista/7 Starter, LXLE is the best solution for you.It is a highly customizable operating system where you can make your desktop as Windows, Mac OS X or even Ubuntu Unity.Basically, it runs on LXDE desktop environment and use low resources for operating in Laptop/Notebook.

LXLE comes with built-in applications such as Libre Office, Mozilla Firefox, Synaptic Package Manager etc.It also added extra PPA for newly added software.So, you don’t need to add additional PPA and software updates.

Although LXLE based on LXDE Desktop, but it is beautiful than ordinary LXDE desktop Environment.You can find 100 gorgeous wallpapers preinstalled with Expose, Aero Snap, Quick Launch apps, Random Wallpaper, Panel Trash access and many more features.

LXLE at a glance
Based OnArchitectureDesktop EnvironmentPackage Manager
Ubuntu (LTS) x86/64 LXDE .deb
LXLE System Requirements (From Official Source)
  • 1 GB or more Ram (2GB is Recommended For 64bit)
  • 1.5GHz or more processor, Intel/AMD
  • 8GB HDD Space (20GB Preferred For Software Installation)
  • 4GB Pendrive or USB Drive or DVD-RW for installation
  • Wired or Wireless internet connection
Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Highly Customizable with Awesome Features
  • Low Battery Uses
  • Full Desktop Computing Environment
  • Added Custom PPA For Wide Software Installation
  • Laptop/Notebook Friendly
  • Boot Up Less Than 1 Minute

Cons

  • Not For Beginner Linux Users

Deepin Linux

When I make a list of best Linux distro for laptop, Deepin was one of my favorite choices.Deepin Linux is beginner level Linux distro which completely suitable for Laptop and Desktop also.Because of its modern design and ease of use make it one of the most successful Linux distribution in 2016.

Deepin actually based on Debian Linux.But, it has it’s own desktop environment.No KDE, Xfce, LXDE, Unity, Gnome, Openbox or others.It uses Deepin Desktop Environment which made by HTML 5 Programming Language and QT Framework.In Deepin, you can find 3 type of desktop user experience.Fashion for MacOS X Look, Efficient for Windows 7 Look and Traditional/Manimal for Windows XP Look.It has a Launcher option which it’s main power.Launcher looks like MacOs X Launcher or Ubuntu Dash.So, you can easily access any software or show it on Desktop and uninstall application too.

Deepin has come with the pre-installed application.Such as Google Chrome, Kingsoft Office, Deepin Music, Deepin Movie and a beautiful file manager.Deepin has also it’s own software center which calls Deepin Software Centre.By using these Software Centre you can easily install any kind of application with a few click.Deepin has also a control center as like MacOS X control center which is very powerful and flexible than Ubuntu control center.

Deepin at a glance
Based OnArchitectureDesktop EnvironmentPackage Manager
Debian x86/64 DDE .deb
Deepin System Requirements (From Official Source)
  • 2 GB or more Ram
  • 2.0GHz or more processor, Intel/AMD (Dual Core Recommended)
  • 10GB HDD Space (20GB Preferred For Software Installation)
  • 4GB Pendrive or USB Drive or DVD-RW for installation
  • Wired or Wireless internet connection
Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Beautiful, Smooth and Easy to use
  • Pre-installed Google Chrome and Kingsoft Office
  • Feature Reach Software Center
  • Improved Control Center with Elegant MacOSX like Desktop
  • Faster Boot Up

Cons

  • Resource Hungry
  • Use High Power/Battery

Antergos

Well, if you are looking for the best Linux distro for laptop which based on Arch, Antergos is the best solution for you. It is an Arch-based, easy to use and manage, stable and rock solid operating system. By using this distro you will get the complete flavor of Arch Linux. It is the first Arch-based Linux which comes with GUI installer (That’s Amazing).

Antergos is a rolling release based Linux distro. Your entire system, from the base OS components to the applications that you install, will receive updates as they are released upstream. It supports multiple languages with multiple desktop environments. You can choose any desktop environment from KDE Plasma 5, GNOME (Default), Xfce, Cinnamon, MATE, and Openbox. On the other hand, Antergos use The Arch User Repository (AUR) for installing software. So if you want to get a chance to use Arch Linux on your Laptop, Antergos is the best Linux distro for you.

Antergos at a glance
Based OnArchitectureDesktop EnvironmentPackage Manager
Arch x86/64 GNOME AUR
Antergos System Requirements (From Official Source)
  • 2 GB or more Ram
  • 2 GHz or more processor, Intel/AMD (Dual Core Preferred)
  • 10GB HDD Space (15GB Preferred)
  • 4GB Pendrive or USB Drive or DVD-RW for installation
  • Minimum 1024×600 Resolution Graphics Card (1280×800 or better recommended)
  • Wired or Wireless internet connection (For Installation And Download Applications)
Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Arch Based Operating System
  • Stable, Rock Solid And Easy To Use
  • Rolling Release Based Distro
  • Both Desktop And Laptop/Notebook Friendly
  • Multiple Desktop Environment Available
  • Complete GUI Installer

Cons

  • Active Internet Connection Needed For Installation

Peppermint OS

Although Peppermint OS is not so popular than other Linux Distributions, it is another best Linux distro for Laptop.Because of its cloud apps compatibility, low resource uses and it’s software manager makes it different.

Peppermint OS is an Ubuntu best distribution which comes with its special ICE feature.Where, you can integrate any cloud app such as Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Twitter with your desktop apps. Peppermint comes with pre-installed chromium web browser and Dropbox. So, you can easily use your laptop after installing the OS.

Peppermint OS also comes Linux mint software manager, update manager, and Nemo file explorer. It allows you the Linux mint flavor in a lightweight distro.

Peppermint OS at a glance
Based OnArchitectureDesktop EnvironmentPackage Manager
Ubuntu (LTS) x86/64 LXDE .deb
Peppermint System Requirements (From Official Source)
  • 512 MB or more Ram (1 GB is Recommended)
  • 1.0GHz or more processor, Intel/AMD
  • 4GB HDD Space (8GB Preferred For Software Installation)
  • 2GB Pendrive or USB Drive or DVD-RW for installation
  • Wired or Wireless internet connection
Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Fast, Stable and Rock Solid OS
  • Cloud/Web App Integration Feature (ICE Feature)
  • Built-In Nemo File Manager
  • Built-In Mint Software and Update Manager
  • Low Power Use

Cons

KDE Neon

As well as we have reviewed best Linux distro for laptop in this article, KDE Neon is different from them. It is actually a Desktop Environment and Software Repository powered by KDE. If you are a Kubuntu user, you probably have known about KDE Plasma desktop environment. KDE Neon is the latest update KDE Desktop environment.

KDE Neon is a beautiful distro/desktop environment for Linux users. It will change your laptop appearance as a magical way. On the other hand, it has come with Solid Cores and Latest Features.

KDE Neon has also a different option is KDE Slimbook. It is a KDE Neon pre-loaded Notebook with the sleek and modern design. You can check it here: KDE Slimbook

KDE Neon at a glance
Based OnArchitectureDesktop EnvironmentPackage Manager
Kubuntu (LTS) x64 KDE Neon .deb
KDE Neon System Requirements (From Official Source)
  • 2 GB or more Ram
  • 64 Bit 2 GHz or more processor, Intel/AMD (Dual Core Preferred)
  • 10GB HDD Space (15GB Preferred)
  • 4GB Pendrive or USB Drive or DVD-RW for installation
  • Minimum 1024×600 Resolution Graphics Card (1280×800 or better recommended)
  • Wired or Wireless internet connection
Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Stable Kubuntu Based Operating System
  • Beautiful Design
  • Highly Customizable
  • Active Update
  • Community Support

Cons

  • Battery And Resource Hungry

Elementary OS

If you are a Mac user or an extreme fan of Mac OS X, Elementary OS is the best solution for you. It is one of the best Linux distro for Laptop which specially made for Mac OS X lovers.

As like Deepin Linux, Elementary OS has it’s own desktop environment pantheon. It has some unique features including workspace switching, application launcher like Mac OS X, different notification area, desktop zoom, hot corners etc.

Elementary OS pre-installed with default Ubuntu applications except for its music player, video player and Midori web browser. So, if you want an open replacement for Mac OS X you can choose Elementary OS.

Elementary OS at a glance
Based OnArchitectureDesktop EnvironmentPackage Manager
Ubuntu (LTS) x86/64 Pantheon .deb
Elementary System Requirements (From Official Source)
  • 1 GB or more Ram (2 GB is Recommended)
  • 1.0GHz or more processor, Intel/AMD (2Ghz and Dual Core is Recommended)
  • 15GB HDD Space (20GB Preferred For Software Installation)
  • 4GB Pendrive or USB Drive or DVD-RW for installation
  • Minimum 1024×768 Resolution Graphics Card (Internal or External)
  • Wired or Wireless internet connection
Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Designed As Mac OS X
  • Easy to Use Features Included.Ex: Workspace Switcher, Desktop Zoom
  • Multi-Functional Music And Video Player

Cons

  • Use High Resource
  • Laptop Battery Drawn Quickly

React OS

React OS is an Open-Source operating system especially for Windows User. Those who want to use Windows application as a freeway, React OS is the perfect solution for you. You may me think about WINE on your Ubuntu/Fedora Laptop. But, WINE has some limitations. React OS break up the bondage. It supports almost every Windows Applications without any hassle.

The operating system is Lightweight, Fast and needs a very low resource to run. Its classic design will give you the flavor of Windows. Although, it is not dual boot supported you can use it on your old laptop or as a live disk. You can call it one of the best Linux distro for laptop.

React OS at a glance
Based OnArchitectureDesktop EnvironmentPackage Manager
Linux Kernel X86 React Desktop Environment .exe
React OS System Requirements (From Official Source)
  • 128 MB or more Ram
  • 1 GHz or more processor, Intel/AMD
  • 500MB HDD Space (1GB Preferred)
  • 1GB Pendrive or USB Drive or DVD-RW for installation
  • Wired or Wireless internet connection
Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Run Windows Application Easily
  • Very Fast And Lightweight
  • Need Very Low Resource
  • Free And Open-Source
  • Actively Maintained
  • Active Community Support

Cons

  • Doesn’t Support Linux Application
  • Dual-Boot Not Supported

Zorin OS

Love Windows.But, don’t want to install Windows.Zorin OS is the best solution for you.

Although, Zorin OS mainly designed for Desktop.But it is another best Linux distro for Laptop.The main feature of Zorin OS is, you can install Windows Software (.exe files) without any problem.Because it pre-installed with Wine (Windows Program Loader) and PlayOnLinux.It also comes with MS Core Fonts and default Windows .dll files.Besides, you can install Linux Softwares from Zorin Software Center, Synaptic Package Manager, Gdebi Package Installer (.deb Files) or even terminal.

Zorin OS used its own Zorin Desktop Environment.You can customize it as Windows 7 Theme (Zorin OS Core), Windows XP Theme (Zorin OS Core), Windows 2000 Theme (Zorin OS Premium), Ubuntu Unity Theme (Zorin OS Premium), MacOSX Theme (Zorin OS Premium) and GNOME 2 Theme (Zorin OS Premium).

Zorin Comes with pre-installed software bundle media codec.As like Mozilla Firefox, Libre Office, GIMP Image Editor, Openshot Video Editor etc.It is also super fast than any other Ubuntu based OS.

Zorin OS at a glance
Based OnArchitectureDesktop EnvironmentPackage Manager
Ubuntu x86/64 Zorin Desktop Environment .deb
Zorin OS System Requirements (From Official Source)
  • 512 MB or more Ram (1 GB is Recommended)
  • 1.0GHz or more processor, Intel/AMD (Dual Core is Recommended)
  • 10GB HDD Space (20GB Preferred For Software Installation)
  • 4GB Pendrive or USB Drive or DVD-RW for installation
  • Minimum 640×480 Resolution Graphics Card (Internal or External)
  • Wired or Wireless internet connection
Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Beginner and User-Friendly
  • Mainly Made for Windows Lover
  • Pre-installed Wine and PlayOnLinux
  • Super fast and Beautiful
  • Highly Customizable

Cons

  • Sometime Multitasking mode does not work perfectly
  • Core Edition has lack of features than Ultimate Edition

GalliumOS

If you are a big fan of Chromebook or Chormebox, Gallium OS is the perfect solution for you. Gallium OS is an actively maintained, customized and robust operating system only for Chromebook. This operating system for those users who wants the Linux flavor in their Chromebook.

GalliumOS mainly based on Xubuntu. That means it comes default XFCE desktop. It offers you a much faster boot time than other Linux based operating system which actually made for Chromebook. The Gallium is battery optimized, Built-In Zram Function (An alternative to Swap) and integrated ChromeOS touchpad driver for ultimate performance. On the other hand, you can install it on your Chromebox. So, you can easily convert your Chromebox media center as a Linux machine.

GalliumOS supports almost all application that made for Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distros. So, you don’t need to think about the software compatibility like Chrome OS. As our opinion, Gallium OS is not best Linux distro for Laptop but also the best Linux distro for Chromebook.

GalliumOS at a glance
Based OnArchitectureDesktop EnvironmentPackage Manager
Xubuntu x86/64 XFCE .deb
GalliumOS System Requirements (From Official Source)
  • Most common Chromebook and Chromebox. You can get a complete supported list here: GalliumOS Support by Model
Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Linux Based With Open-Source
  • Faster Boot Time
  • Battery Saving Features
  • Need Low Resource
  • Support Almost All Ubuntu (.deb) Based Application
  • Zram Features For Virtual Memory/Swap Area

Cons

  • The UI (User Interface) is Not Very Well

Feren OS

Feren OS is a great replacement for Windows and MacOS X users. It is one of the best Linux distro for laptop that has multi-user Interface. It offers users with customization, applications and much more in one operating system. It is a rolling release distro which based on latest stable Linux Mint distribution.

Feren OS comes with faster processing with ultimate security. It doesn’t collect any personal data like Windows based operating systems. On the other hand, it’s not resource hungry like Linux Mint. So, it will give you a beautiful experience on your Laptop.

Feren OS generally comes with default Cinnamon Desktop. You can customize it Like Windows 10, MacOS X Sierra, Ubuntu Ambiance an Feren OS default. The OS preinstalled with Vivaldi, Skype, Krita, WPS Office and other free applications. So, you just install the OS and use it from first.

Feren OS at a glance
Based OnArchitectureDesktop EnvironmentPackage Manager
Linux Mint x86/64 Cinnamon .deb
Feren OS System Requirements (From Official Source)
  • 1 GB or more Ram
  • 2 GHz or more processor, Intel/AMD (Dual-Core Preferred)
  • 10GB HDD Space (15GB Preferred)
  • 4GB Pendrive or USB Drive or DVD-RW for installationWired or Wireless internet connection
Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Beautiful Design
  • Multiple User Interface Available
  • Faster Processing With Ultimate Security

Cons

  • Not For Power Linux Users

Macpup

In the list of best Linux distro for laptop, Macpup is one of them.It is a tiny and very low resource needed Operating System which can be used any type and any configuration of Laptop, Notebook, and Netbook.

Macpup is a Puppy Linux based distro where all Software/Packages distributed by Puppy Linux.Macpup has popular for it’s low system requirement and also a MacOSX like look.If you have a Pentium 2 or 3 type laptop, you can use Macpup without any kind of thinking.

Macpup at a glance
Based OnArchitectureDesktop EnvironmentPackage Manager
Puppy Linux x86 Enlightenment Dotpup/PET
Macpup System Requirements (From Official Source)
  • 256 MB or more Ram (512 MB is Recommended)
  • 800MHz or more processor, Intel/AMD
  • 512MB HDD Space (1GB Preferred For Software Installation)
  • 1GB Pendrive or USB Drive or DVD-RW for installation
  • Wired or Wireless internet connection
Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Tiny and Fast
  • Very Low System requirement
  • Look Like MacOSX
  • Puppy Linux Based

Cons

Parrot OS

Parrot OS is a different Linux based operating system for security specialist. It is one of the best Linux distro for laptop which designed with Security, Development, and Privacy in mind.

Parrot OS mainly designed for Laptop users. Because it needs a very low resource to operate. You can run it from a live disk, dual boot or even a single operating in your laptop. It has preinstalled most common security tools like Kali Linux. Where Kali Linux need high resource and hardware to run, Parrot needs a minimal resource and low-end resource to run.

Parrot OS is free and regularly updated operating system. Though it’s based on Debian, you can install any desktop application from Debian repository. Or you can choose the Home/Workstation version from Parrot Website.

Parrot OS at a glance
Based OnArchitectureDesktop EnvironmentPackage Manager
Debian x86/64 MATE .deb
Parrot OS System Requirements (From Official Source)
  • 512 MB or more Ram
  • 1 GHz or more processor, Intel/AMD
  • 10GB HDD Space (15GB Preferred)
  • 4GB Pendrive or USB Drive or DVD-RW for installation
  • Wired or Wireless internet connection
Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Very Fast And Secure
  • Built-In Pentesting Tools
  • Free And Open-Source
  • Built-In Tor Browser

Cons

At the end……..

There are also many Linux-based OS available on the Web.But, I’ve tried to describe the best Linux distro for Laptop.So, keep reading How To Use Linux for a more exclusive post.

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6 Cool Linux Distributions to Review on Your Old PCs and Laptops

Many of us have an old computer, in fact, old computers are everywhere, instead of taking them to the garbage you can revive them with these 6 cool Linux distributions which is designed specially for old PCs and Laptops.

1. SliTaz

SliTaz is an independent Linux distribution which is designed to run on any computer with no less than 256MB of RAM, SliTaz ISO file is very small in size (45MB Only!), it uses its own package manager “tazpkg” to manage software, there are 3500 installable package in SliTaz, it comes with the Openbox window manager beside LXpanel which makes it very fast on the old PCs.

Slitaz Linux

Visit: http://www.slitaz.org/

2. Tiny Core

A Micro Core Linux as it’s developers say, Tiny core ISO file size is only 12MB and it comes with FLTK/FKWM and BusyBox desktop by default, of course many things are removed from this distribution like many hardware drivers but you can install them later if you want, it runs completely on memory which makes it very fast in fact, it was forked from Damn Small project but right now it is an independent Linux distribution.

Tinycore Linux

Visit: http://www.tinycorelinux.net/

3. CrunchBang Linux

CrunchBang Linux is a Debian-based distribution targeting old PCs and laptops, it also uses the Openbox window manager by default beside some GTK+ applications, as it’s developers say: “The primary aim of the CrunchBang project is to produce a stable distribution offering the best possible out-of-the-box Openbox experience”.

CrunchBang Linux

Visit: http://crunchbang.org/

4. Puppy Linux

Based on Ubuntu, Puppy Linux is another small distribution for old PCs, it loads into the RAM disk which means that it will be very fast on usage, You can boot it from any CD, DVD, USB Flash and Floppy Disk if you want, Thanks for being based on Ubuntu, all the 40000 packages that Ubuntu provides are able to be installed on Puppy Linux, the ISO file is no more than 100MB, it uses JWM and Openbox window managers by default, of course you can install any window manager you want, also, Puppy Linux developers have developed many special tools for Puppy Linux which makes it very usable.

Puppy Linux

Visit: http://www.puppylinux.com

5. Lubuntu

One of the most famous Linux distributions in the world, suited for Old PCs and based on Ubuntu and officially supported by Ubuntu Community, Lubuntu uses LXDE interface by default for its GUI, beside some other tweaks for RAM and CPU usage which makes it a good choice for old PCs and notebooks as well.

Lubuntu Linux

Visit: http://lubuntu.net/

6. LXLE

LXLE is also a Linux distribution which is based on Ubuntu, but it is only based on the LTS releases, it comes with LXDE interface by default, it covers most users needs by providing a good selection of default applications beside many other tweaks which makes it a good operating system for old computers.

LXLE Linux

Visit: http://lxle.net/

Do you keep your old computers? Or do you have one? What Linux distribution are you using for it? Don’t tell me that you kept it running Window 95.

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