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11.6" diagonal widescreen LED display with HD (720p) resolution
Windows 8.1 operating system with Bing
1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3735F processor with 2MB cache
32GB flash drive
2GB DDR3L system memory
Does not have DVD/CD player/burner
Has webcam and media card reader (card not included)
Has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2 USB ports, HDMI output and headphone/microphone jack
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge
Includes AC adapter/power cord
ENERGY STAR qualified saves you energy and money
Approx. 11-1/4"W x 7-1/2"D x 3/4"H (when closed); weighs 2.1 lbs.
That should run just about any Linux distro okay. For better performance, you might want to install and use one of the lighter-weight desktops/window managers, such as LXDE or XFCE or Enlightenment or Fluxbox (the latter two are my favorite choices).
You might want to look into unetbootin as a means for installation in the absence of an optical drive. I've used it and it works quite nicely.
Thanks frankbell for your expert opinion as your reputation shows.
I don't own this laptop yet, but I am planning to buy it based on the info I get here.
My real concern is can I remove windows 8.1 from this netbook? I don't know if this has secure boot enabled or disable or worse, the option to disable secure boot is greyed out. It's a gamble I have to take I guess.
On many netbook Atom-based there is no whole support for the graphic card. Just look with a live distro if the card is recognized by the system. Another failing point is the cpu support if the kernel is too old.