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Update, an Ubuntu laptop is now 16th on Amazon for $200

Quick follow up to my last post…  the only Ubuntu laptop on Amazon is now selling for $200.  That’s the cheapest I’ve ever seen it….  (so they might be finishing off the stock for the next version or just being more competitive for black friday, no idea…)

ASUS 1015E-DS03 10.1-Inch Laptop ( Black ) [Link removed due to it no longer being sold by Amazon directly]

Of course if you are looking for a more powerful laptop, System76 just introduced two new models (one desktop, one laptop).

Did you know that the 20th most sold notebook on Amazon ships with Ubuntu?

Priced at $230 which is back to netbook prices: ASUS 1015E-DS03 10.1-Inch Laptop ( Black ) [Link removed due to it no longer being sold by Amazon directly]

I reviewed the reviews for a friend, here is what I found:

It’s the cheapest (new) laptop you can buy (at the time it was actually $208)!   I’ve heard a lot of good reviews about the keyboard itself, that it’s more like a full-size keyboard than a netbook keyboard.  The trackpad apparently sucks.   The wireless chipset is Broadcom (bah humbug!),  which may have had some issues when it first came out.  They appear to have been resolved via some Ubuntu updates.  It does use an old low-end Intel chip that debuted in Q2 2011 [1].  It is 64 bit capable, and it appears to ship with 64 bit Ubuntu 12.04.  It is a dual-core chip.

There are some reports that the default partitioning scheme is wasteful.. Possibly a 100GB NTFS partition for no reason that I could find.

If you have bought one let me know in the comments how it’s working out for you!   And of course leave a review on Amazon as well.  There are 68 reviews there and counting..

Valve’s Living room speculation…


The last reveal is coming up and I don’t think it’s a controller… The first circle either represented the Steam Universe expanding or the SteamOS software..  So one circle in the last picture is that…

and the other is:

  • XBMC integrated as it’s media center
  • Netflix (or other media) now available through Steam
  • Allows other game distribution alongside Steam like EA’s Origin
  • Steam adds the capability to run other Linux applications
  • And in true “CNN Style” – Sony makes the PS4 the first Steam box…

In any case, I’m expecting a software announcement or an integration of a different “universe” with Steam/OS.  What are you expecting?

Update: Well I was wrong.. oh well..

Survey Results

Results from my survey on 64 bit vs 32 bit usage on Unity.    The raw survey results are also available.  Feel free to do your own analysis.

Format:  # of machines – information about them..

Out of the 32 bit only machines:

4 – that are likely 32 bit only, but didn’t provide enough information to confirm
1 – doesn’t work so well, old savage card, 700 MB of RAM, Ubuntu 12.04 (so 2d only)

*Remaining 14 32 bit only machines:
5 – with 1 GB of ram
9 – with 1.5 GB of ram or more

Ubuntu Version:
6 – 13.04
1 – 12.10
7 – 12.04

7 – Intel Atom

From comments, 3 of these 32 bit only users find Unity slow, but usable. (All three are Atom N270/N280)

64 bit capable but:

2 – that should be 64 capable (and the users know this), but it doesn’t work..  If this is you, please file a bug!
2 – have 64 bit capable machines (and 2GB of ram) and don’t actually know it.
5 – have 64 bit capable machines, but run 32 bit Ubuntu (1 with 1 GB of RAM who mentions that the dash is slow)

Other scenarios:

1 – machine stuck at 12.04 because 12.10 requires PAE (is this true?)
1 – Parallels VM that has better performance on 32 bit from user
2 – that actually use other desktop environments cause they find Unity unusable (“Unity is unuseable because i only have 1 GIG Ram”)

Not particularly relevant:

1 – let’s not discuss this again…
1  – armv7 :)
9 – users who have 64 bit machines that work fine and responded anyway..
1 – running Unity on servers…


For some reason whenever I do a survey I expect that the results will clearly paint the way to go forward.   They almost never do, but they can be used to start discussions.  I’m particularly concerned about the 2 users with 64 bit capable machines which they can’t get to run 64 bit.

Some people have 64 bit machines with low RAM and would also be better served with a lighter option.  Others have quite beefy 32 bit machines with 4GB of RAM and a nice video card that can rock Unity.   Also some motherboard manufacturers disabled 64 bit support even though the processor supported it…  awesome.

To default to 32 or 64 bit when downloading Ubuntu?

Given the data, I think we can make a better exception case for 32 bit now..  Right now,  it says:
“If you have a PC with the Windows 8 logo or UEFI firmware, choose the 64-bit download. Read more ” 
I think it’s easier for most people to see and understand:
“If you have a 5+ year old PC,  a 3+ year old netbook, or 1 GB of ram choose the 32 bit version.” *


* Theoretically we could even provide instructions for our users to figure this out.  Add a “Not sure?” in that case.