Acer Offers Ubuntu Linux-Powered Laptops

Acer Aspire 5710z - UbuntuAcer started to offer notebook PCs with preinstalled Ubuntu Linux operating system, according to the advertisement on HardwareZone website.

The advertised Ubuntu-powered Acer Aspire 5710z is priced at 999 Singapore dollars, which is about 659 U.S. dollars. It has a 15.4-inch widescreen display, Intel Pentium dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, a 80GB hard drive, a DVD burner and 802.11b/g wireless module.

Ubuntu distribution is among the most popular Linux flavors currently. It is free of charge and provides a variety of free software such as OpenOffice suite, similar to Microsoft’s Office, image editing applications, various multimedia and communications programs, etcetera.

Although it is free, Linux is not as wide adopted by PC makers as Microsoft Windows Vista OS. Ubuntu is currently offered on Dell’s Inspiron 1420N and Inspiron E1505N, which are the first Linux-preloaded consumer notebooks sold by a large PC vendor.

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Danijel is a tech blogger who founded Laptoping in 2006. His specialty are Windows-based mobile PCs, from tablets and ultraportables to full blown gaming laptops.

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4 comments
  1. To William…

    For your Acer model, I would suggest upgrading to Ubuntu 9.10 as it now has drivers that should support the type of WiFi card that Acer usually uses with their laptops and netbooks. I personally have an Acer Aspire 5315 which runs Windows 7 alongside of Ubuntu 9.10, all other versions before the 9.10 release were unable to automatically work with WiFi and sound. This was fixed in 9.10 and soon 10.04 will be released into beta, you may want to give the beta a try if 9.10 doesn’t work for you. For more information; have a look at: http://www.ubuntu.com

  2. But… I’ve purchased an Acer 5710Z In Spain, but neither wifi nor sound works properly. Does someone know which is the version this Acer laptop runs?, because neither feisty nor gutsy works 100% ok.

  3. It’s no secret that Acer are growing fast and want to play hard-ball with Dell.

    Recently an Acer executive expressed his intense frustration that Vista didn’t drum up the sales of new PC’s that they had been promised.

    So, If it competes with Dell, and sells more units than not having this option, I suspect that Acer will consider this strategy in markets other than Singapore.

    Time will tell. Certainly it will be interesting to watch.

  4. This is right! ACER now is in the right track of offering Ubuntu Linux. That’s great! We need more laptop which are loaded with linux like Ubuntu.

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