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Old 11-21-2011, 05:02 PM   #1
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Linux on an Ultrabook???


Does anyone ever try installing and using any Linux distro on an Ultrabook yet?

Easy installation? (Drivers automatically installed)

Which Ultrabook did you use?

Which Distribution did you use?

Did the laptop overheat?(Tired of my Laptop overheating)

How was the experience?

If you didn't use it yet, are you planing to?

Comments welcome! Just wondering if its worth getting a Ultrabook for Linux/College purposes.
 
Old 11-21-2011, 06:30 PM   #2
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I ran a few live usb's on my wife's Core i7 and it ran pretty fast. Maybe as fast as my dual quad xeon.

It was the first gen core i7 not the latest but the specs are still pretty good.
 
Old 11-21-2011, 07:47 PM   #3
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Oh cool!

Anyone else have any experience with Linux on the ultrabooks?

My main problem is not having any wireless drivers up to date installer. A lot of times it fails to install ( Can't remember the specific type but I know it's Broadcom) I also would prefer drivers installed during the OS installation would be nice. I'm no pro with installing through the terminal.

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Old 11-24-2011, 08:35 PM   #4
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Mac Book Air 2010 Works with Fedora and what about ZaReason

The Mac Book Air 2010 works with Fedora. Here are the directions I followed:
http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=263515

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:
http://zareason.com/shop/Terra-HD.html

Or maybe the ZaReason 13" laptop here:
http://zareason.com/shop/Strata-Pro-13.html

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.
 
Old 11-24-2011, 08:41 PM   #5
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If I got a Mac i would probably try out mac osx and I probably wouldn't install Linux on it and if I did everyone would think i'm using a mac when i'm technically not. I would rather buy 1 of the windows ultrabooks and install Linux for less confusion, but thanks for the link!
 
Old 11-25-2011, 12:16 AM   #6
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It is the age of the new intel based mac

It is the age of the new Intel based Mac which means you can run OS X, Windows, and Linux all on the same machine. Nothing is wrong with that and I think you would not cause too much confusion. I admit that the other vendors are starting to catch up with the Mac Book Air in the ultrabook category so it might be cheaper to purchase a PC based ultrabook. For me I was too impatient and I had to have the Mac Book Air which I have enjoyed for almost a year. The Mac Book Air 2010 is a really nice piece of hardware and even includes NVIDIA graphics.

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Old 11-25-2011, 02:34 AM   #7
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I personally hate the 'ultrabook' marketing tripe.

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The Mac Book Air 2010 works with Fedora. Here are the directions I followed:
http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=263515
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......

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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:
http://zareason.com/shop/Terra-HD.html

Or maybe the ZaReason 13" laptop here:
http://zareason.com/shop/Strata-Pro-13.html

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.

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Comments welcome! Just wondering if its worth getting a Ultrabook for Linux/College purposes.
IMO, no.

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.

Last edited by cascade9; 11-25-2011 at 02:39 AM. Reason: moved comments around
 
Old 12-01-2011, 04:53 PM   #8
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As cascade9 noted. You may be just as happy using a modest system. If it gets crushed or stolen you won't have to be so sad. It should be just as easy or more easy to get working in linux. Cheap usually means more in the marketplace.
 
Old 03-30-2012, 03:13 PM   #9
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As cascade9 noted. You may be just as happy using a modest system. If it gets crushed or stolen you won't have to be so sad. It should be just as easy or more easy to get working in linux. Cheap usually means more in the marketplace.
Totally agree.

I'm running slackware current with alienbob kde 4.8.1 on an asus 1005ha (quite old netbook)
Code:
weput@netbook:~$ uname -a
Linux netbook 3.2.7-smp #2 SMP Fri Feb 24 18:24:10 CST 2012 i686 Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N270   @ 1.60GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linu
performance wise... very usable.
battery life... about 6 hours full eye candy graphics.
all hardware works out of the box nicely with 3.2.7 kernel. Newer atom proc = better performance and bat life if you ask me... I've test some newer netbooks and they kick ass on windows 7 in comparison with mine, so i wonder a taste of slack on one of these new netbooks... however why spending money when mine still capable?

I've decided to wait until it breaks and it just doesn't... ofcourse a fast core i7+ssd calls my attention; however it yet doesn't worth it. (more a marketing stunt than anything else these machines are)
 
  


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