UPDATE 11/23/2020: Am reclaiming Media Library space by deleting old pics. Trying to thin out the Media Library’s pics from posts that get few visits … hopefully it doesn’t ruin your view of the post.


About time, and it looks like *LOTS* of options, especially with laptops!

Linux Workstations and Laptops

Developer & Engineering systems – For over 20 years Dell has offered Linux-based workstations and laptops for businesses, engineers and scientists. A few years ago via Project Sputnik our portfolio expanded to include developer-targeted laptops and mobile workstations. These systems come with Ubuntu preloaded and are certified for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Workstations are more difficult to find Ubuntu on them – though all the towers list “Ubuntu® 18.04 LTS preloaded,” but can’t find when clicking Shop Now…first example:


Laptops look like they list the Ubuntu option under Operating System selection, but those prices seem high to me (I haven’t checked them all tho), and I’m still seeing some great laptop deals below $350 at other sites. The Acer laptop I bought from Walmart a month (+ or -) ago was listed close to $500 a couple days ago…probably a newer model, but I only paid $277 with taxes and shipping for mine.

These OEM’s like to disguise their options and prices, so maybe you can get one of those small towers for less than $499 with Ubuntu, since they also list that price with WIN 10 on it. Probably looking to get you to call them…??? Anyway, saw this article – Dell Makes It Easier to Find Its Growing Linux Range – by Joey Sneddon, and decided to do a short post about it instead of putting it on my Linux *QUICK* News ‘N Bits page…

OK…did find Ubuntu as a choice – Precision 3430 has it as Ubuntu 16 something for $392, but the options would need some tweaking, and I’m shutting down for the day – plus not going to buy one…here’s info pic:


UPDATE 9/7/19: Looks like Dell offers more laptops with Ubuntu than they offer desktops with it. Just went to Dell, clicked Products dropdown, selected Laptops then View all Laptops. In the Refine your search column there was this OS option:


They offered FOUR on that page – from $745 to $1405. Still seems high to me, but I’m not an expert on laptops – my new one cost $259:

Laptop is an Acer Aspire 3, 15.6″ Full HD, AMD A9-9420, 8GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, Windows 10 Home, A315-21-93EY for $277.13 from Walmart – that includes free shipping and taxes.

I think my price range was $250, but may have gone for $325 eventually. Guess it depends on what you need one for … I wanted a cheap one to test, and to install Linux on. Seems like a good sturdy laptop that is built well, and I’ve tested the heck-outta-it. The display could be better … my 10″ tablet seems sharper & brighter, and I am sure there are better laptop displays – just not for $259. Heck, that 10″ tablet cost me about $225 some years ago, and I hate the thing…hate the Android OS…it’s just a pain to work with or browse with, and I can’t seem to install Linux on it – great touchscreen display, but using Android sucks…mainly use it as a camera, until I buy a real camera. Here’s the $745 Dell:


Dell offers cheaper laptops with WIN 10 Pro on them…a Inspiron 15 3000 (15.6 display) for $340, but that Celeron processor is a lot slower (1.10 GHz) than the Celeron 2-core with a Processor Base Frequency of 3.10 GHz that I have on ‘Rose’ (Linux test computer). Lots of 11.6 displays, which are just too small for me. Anyway, quite a few there for a lot less than $745, if you’re willing to install Linux yourself.

(NOTE: some of those Dell links don’t work for some reason – I’ll leave them like that.)