Linux and Ultraportable Laptops

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Last Updated: June 4, 2008

Information and articles about installing Linux on various ultraportable laptops

General Information – One of the biggest/best – breaks it down by manufacturer and model.

Ubuntu Netbook Remix Hands-On – Ars Technica – June 4, 2008
Several Fujitsu Notebooks Certified for Linux – March 24, 2008
Lenovo to sell ThinkPads Loaded With Linux – August 6, 2007
Dell and Linux – May 22, 2007
New Linux Kernel Natively Supports Centrino – November 7, 2005

Laptops supported “out of the box” and/or coming with Linux:
3K Longitude 400 – 7″ WS, Ingenic CPU, April 2008, Starts at $399
ASUS Eee PC 701 – 7″ WS, Intel ULV (Late 2007)
Asus Eee PC 900 – 8.9″ WS, Intel ULV (May 2008)
Asus Eee PC 901 – 8.9″ WS, Intel Atom, (June 2008)
Asus Eee PC 904 HD – 8.9″ WS, Intel Atom, 2008
Asus Eee PC S101 – 10.2″, Intel Atom, October, netbook
CTL 2Go PC / Intel Classmate 2 – 8.9″ WS, Intel Celeron M, Available 2008
Everex CloudBook – 7″ WS, VIA C-7M, February 2008 – “gOS V2 Rocket”
Fujitsu LifeBook U810 (5.6″) – SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED)
Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 – SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED)
Fujitsu LifeBook P1620– SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED)
Fujitsu LifeBook S6510 – SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED)
Gigabyte M912 – 8.9″, Intel Atom, 2008
HP 2133 Mini-Note PC (Announced April, 2008) – SuSe Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
HP Compaq 2710p (Announced May, 2007) supports SuSe Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
HP Compaq nc2400 (May 2006) – Supports SuSe Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
Medion Akoya Mini E1210 – Intel Atom, 10-inch, Q3 2008, @ $635 US
VIA OpenBook – 8.9″ LED WS, VIA C7-M, Reference Design, 2008

Older laptops that are “Linux Friendly”
DDell Inspiron 300M – 12.1″, Intel Pentium M LV (2003)

Specific Laptop Models – How to / Guides
Ars TechnicaLenovo ThinkPad X60 with Ubuntu Live CD – mentioned during a review (March 2006), quote: The kernel booted up to a command shell fine, but the CD I used did not properly support the GMA950 and Intel High Definition audio. As always, this is bleeding-edge hardware, so problems may exist with some prepackaged distributions. However, it does boot Linux and I’m sure with the proper amount of work Linux will be fully operational. The good news is that SATA seems to work spotlessly, as does multiprocessor support. – Installing SUSE Professional 9.3 Linux on an IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad X32