I personally hate the 'ultrabook' marketing tripe.
Mac Book Air 2010 is NOT an 'ultrabook'. While the 'ultrabook' idea is aimed at the mac book air, intels speced '2nd Generation Intel® Core CPUs' ('sandy bridge') CULV (Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage) CPUs.
The Mac Book Air 2010 is a Core2Duo (non CULV model IIRC). Which means it is using 2006-2008 tech, which is a lot easier with linux distros than running new cuttign edge' hardware.
Its probably a good choice for mac fans, but who wants to pay that much for a bit of branding? Even if the price sounds OK, there are other nasty issue with the mac book airs, like soldered on RAM. You want to go from 2GB to 4GB? Well, thats a 'factory only' option and IIRC cost $100+...which is pure apple BS, 4GB DDR3-1333 in SODIMM (laptop memory format) has a going rate of about $20......
Originally Posted by rovitotv
Although this is not super easy I didn't have any problems. If you want a out of the box solution with no pain you should consider a purchase of a laptop from a vendor that supports linux. Two that come to mind are ZaReason and System76. ZaReason has a netbook here:
Or maybe the ZaReason 13" laptop here:
No I don't work for ZaReason but I have recommended them to co-workers who want to run Linux but don't know how to perform the install.
Zareason and system76 just 'resell' other manufacturers laptops (mostly clevo).
If you can figure out which model laptop any zareason/system76 laptop is based on, you can normally get the same hardware for a fair bit less with windows.
Originally Posted by Krothie
Comments welcome! Just wondering if its worth getting a Ultrabook for Linux/College purposes.
Get a nice, cheap netbook ($400 or so), it will take notes just as well as the more expensive 'ultrabooks', have similar battery life, etc. Then if you want some more CPU power/storage space, get a cheapish desktop.
In the end, you will spend less or about the same as an ultrabook, have more CPU power, more storage space, and almost certainly have less problems than with new 'cutting edge' laptop hardware.