Upon this Valentines week, we all know love hurts. Despite the amount of love for the operating system Ubuntu, loving Linux isn’t always easy; and it doesn’t always equate as a solution to energizing an aging device. Linux is perfectly viable as an open-source laptop, with enough stamina to be considered high-quality and competitive. Yes, it’s true that it is a struggle, longing for the right Linux pre-installed ultrabook. What if I told you that now, not only is there an out-of-the-box Linux laptop ready for purchase, but one that is inspired by the popular desktop environment KDE. You guys, the KDE-branded Ubuntu-running Slimbook might just be laptop you have been waiting for, and with Linux ready-to-go, it could be true love.
From the the Linux community’s perspective, most folks understand that pre-installed Linux laptops mean you are limited to either System76 or ZaReason, the latter of which characterized as less popular. This is because ZaReason struggled to keep up with System76’s popularity and high Linux-installed laptop sales.Thus, a Spanish company called Slimbook, whose convergence for the Ultrabook sub-genre has been around for a decade, has worked well with the KDE developers in getting its new Ubuntu Slimbook ready, and KDE neon configured the device’s hardware.
Thus, the Spanish laptop retailer’s decision to approach KDE and birth a KDE-branded Ultrabook meant a serious job was underway. The end product is supposed to run “without any hardware-related issues on it”.This KDE Neon Slimbook comes in two iterations, the only difference between the two being the choice of processor- either an Intel i5-6200U 2.3 GHz chip, or an Intel i7-6500U 2.5GHz chip.
The rest of the ultrabook’s specs are as follows. The lovely 13.3-inch device measures 33cm x 22cm x 1.8cm, weighs 1.36kg, and pops out at a Full HD 1920 x 1800 LED display, coated by an aluminum chassis and a full backlit keyboard. Besides the processor options, both come with an Intel HD 520 graphics. Storage options include either Samsung/Crucial mSATA 120, 250, or a 500GB SSD. Ports and connectivity include 2 USB 3.0 ports, one mini HDMI port, an SD and MMC card slot, Bluetooth 4.0 (with Intel 3160 or 7265 AC), Wireless LAN via Intel Dual Band, a webcam, and mic. All is covered by a 6800 mAh high lithium battery.
The KDE Slimbook is available now for pre-order, at $770 to start, with shipping expected mid-March 2017. The Slimbook was designed for those who desire that KDE-branded laptop, with its highly loved, smooth-running KDE neon software, one that makes for a very lovely desktop environment. And buyers, rest assured. KDE contributor Thomas Pfeiffer not only ensures this open-source software to work properly, but that the entire project marks a culmination of high-quality KDE-level testing of its hardware to reduce any possible hardware-related issues.
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