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Asus Launching Eee PC Netbooks with Ubuntu

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Three ASUS Eee PC models now sport Ubuntu 10.10 in addition to the Windows 7 Starter option.

Thursday Canonical sent along a note announcing that its Ubuntu Linux OS (10.10) is now available pre-loaded on three ASUS Eee PC models including the 1001PXD, the 1011PX and the 1015PX. More models packing Ubuntu will be made available throughout the year.

"The Eee PC with Ubuntu is ideal for consumers and businesses," the company said. "The hardware is sleek and lightweight and energy efficient while Ubuntu is safe, intuitive and stable. Ubuntu includes a complete office suite making it easy to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations and share them with Microsoft Windows users. A full, rich Internet experience is available with Mozilla Firefox and Adobe Flash pre-installed."

The ASUS 1001PXD, otherwise known as the ASUS Eee PC Seashell, features a 10.1-inch LED backlight WSVGA non-glare screen, Intel's Atom N455 CPU, 1 or 2 GB of DDR3 memory, and a 160 to 320 GB 5,400RPM HDD. The 1011PX sports a meatier dual-core Intel Atom N570 (or N455) CPU and essentially the same specs as the Seashell, but with dual boot capabilities thrown in. The 1015PX supposedly offers notebook performance in a netbook size seemingly using more of the same but with a larger HDD (up to 500 GB).

Typically all three netbooks ship with Microsoft's Windows 7 Starter OS, but now there's an option to choose the lighter Ubuntu OS instead. "Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux is used by more than 20 million people across the world today," the company added. "It is available to download for free at Ubuntu.com and also ships preloaded with other original equipment manufacturers, including Dell."

The three ASUS Eee PC models, 1001PXD, 1011PX and 1015PX, is available with Ubuntu 10.10 pre-installed from June 1st 2011 through ASUS sales channels.

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    farleytron , June 3, 2011 8:38 PM
    Yeah, a niche market for people who want to install pirated copies of windows 7 on their netbook without paying for a license on the hardware.
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    11796pcs , June 3, 2011 8:39 PM
    Always nice to see a manufacturer have Ubuntu pre-installed since it eliminates the hasle of installing it and seeing if you can find drivers.
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    Yuka , June 3, 2011 8:45 PM
    farleytronYeah, a niche market for people who want to install pirated copies of windows 7 on their netbook without paying for a license on the hardware.


    Like students with the MSDNAA which get those free, unpaid copies! Damn pirates! (?)

    And beware, because they're millions!!

    ...

    >_>
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    dioxholster , June 3, 2011 8:45 PM
    this is awesome, ubuntu is more suited for netbooks than windows.
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    2real , June 3, 2011 8:48 PM
    why not give the option of kubuntu xubuntu or mint?
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    molo9000 , June 3, 2011 9:03 PM
    farleytronYeah, a niche market for people who want to install pirated copies of windows 7 on their netbook without paying for a license on the hardware.


    Because everyone needs windows?
    There are a lot of people who only use windows because it comes preinstalled on their machines. My mum wouldn't know the difference if I installed linux on her machine. As long as there is a browser, a word processor and an email client, they're fine.

    There also are a lot of people who have a spare winXP license lying around... or students who get free Win7 Pro licenses through MSDNAA.... or students who can buy licenses for 29USD....
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    ginnai , June 3, 2011 10:01 PM
    No mention of a decrease in price... somewhat surprised.

    Everyone does not need Windows! The most common compatibility issue I encounter is Office based, but with the advent of Open Office... problem fixed. In terms of using highly specialized software, ie: Mathcad, SAS, Sigmaplot... perhaps, but how many people use such highly specialized software. Netbooks are not processing powerhouses, they are portable computing that is easy to transport and long lived. Linux was packaged with the original... this is barely surprising.
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    schmich , June 3, 2011 11:08 PM
    Should have been with an AMD E350 or E450 :( 
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    eddieroolz , June 4, 2011 5:19 AM
    Ubuntu is nice and all that, but consumers just don't (or can't) use *NIX. The abnormally high return rates for the original netbooks showed that.
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    Anonymous , June 4, 2011 11:02 AM
    My mum never noticed when I installed Linux and set it up with the same background and icons in the same location.
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    Anonymous , June 4, 2011 2:53 PM
    The reports that I saw showed very similar return rates! And it seems that most of both camps returns had nothing to do with OS. My only problem is that I cant find them for sale anywhere. I can install my self but I want to show a sales # for my purchase. It is great to have this option back.
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    cookoy , June 4, 2011 4:31 PM
    I would prefer Ubuntu preloaded on a cheap netbook over Win7 Started edition. More so if the netbook has an AMD E350 processor rather than an Atom.
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    Anonymous , June 4, 2011 6:28 PM
    where i can download the netbook version of ubuntu for 1011px?
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    Anonymous , June 4, 2011 6:33 PM
    Is there any major difference between the 1011PX launched in US and in India?
    Because i have bought a new asus 1011PX with Intel atom N455, 1GB Ram, 250GB HDD, DOS from http://www.netnlap.com/asus/100237-asus-netbook-1011px-intel-atom-launched-in-india.html after on june 3rd but there was no ubuntu installed.
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    aaron88_7 , June 5, 2011 7:10 AM
    Hell hath no fury than an angry mob of Ubuntutards and the mighty power to thumb down all those rational comments pointing out how impractical this is for 99.999% of the general computing population.

    There is a reason most Ubuntu users dual boot....
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    cj_online , June 5, 2011 7:06 PM
    real_life_bitesMy mum never noticed when I installed Linux and set it up with the same background and icons in the same location.


    Your mother must be pretty slow then. jk
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    Anonymous , June 5, 2011 7:19 PM
    ubuntu 10.10?

    why not 11.04 - as it has many improvements, especially regarding user experience on netbooks and tablets
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    Flameout , June 5, 2011 11:37 PM
    euubuntu 10.10?why not 11.04 - as it has many improvements, especially regarding user experience on netbooks and tablets

    nah unity is active by default on 11.04. personally i think unity is great for work, but not for basic end users. at least with 10.10 they don't have to turn on each and every computer to make sure it starts in classic mode
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    fir_ser , June 7, 2011 8:04 AM
    It’s good to see Ubuntu on netbooks.
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    Anonymous , June 10, 2011 4:00 AM
    seems like only linux/unix users respond to this... I use windows and mac and every user i support as an IT Manager recognizes, uses, and understands these platforms. Linux is still guided towards more advanced users who don't mind and know how to run command line, installer drivers and do other tasks. The common (normal user) wants it all done for them, hence move users moving to mac. I still personally prefer windows for many reasons and Win7 is a huge improvement in the right direction. To each his / her own in the end, but try not to be so close-minded, reading between the lines. 20 million 'might' be on unix/linux based systems, but how many are on Windows and Max? 200 million? 1 billion worldwide? Glad the options are out there though. Choices add to the overall competitive nature of the interest and helps to reduce costs and push technology. good luck.
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