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Linux Netbooks: Hiding in Plain Sight

You just think that's a Chromebook beckoning you with an open source OS, easier upgradeability and fast connections to the cloud. All those qualities could make it a Linux netbook in disguise -- or at least what the netbooks of a few years ago promised.

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Garrett: Don't Like Secure Boot? Don't Buy a Chromebook

Matthew Garrett calls out Google for not allowing users to install their own keys on Chromebook systems. "Some people don't like Secure Boot because they don't trust Microsoft. If you trust Google more, then a Chromebook is a reasonable choice. 

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HP Chromebook Shows 'Multi-OS Approach'

Looking beyond Windows, Hewlett-Packard has embraced the browser-based Chrome OS -- though it's only pitching the $330 Pavilion 14 as a way to tap into Google online services. [Read more]...

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Dell Releases Powerful, Well-Supported Linux Ultrabook

In our recent ZaReason UltraLap 430 review, Ars alum Ryan Paul lamented that even though putting Linux on laptops is easier today than ever, it's still not perfect. Some things (particularly components like trackpads and Wi-Fi chips) take some fiddling to get working. 

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Dell Offers Low-Cost Ubuntu Notebook, But You Can Get Costs Lower

As we've noted before, Canonical and giant PC maker Dell Computer have already found new horizons for Ubuntu in China in India. And, Dell deserves praise for being one of the few big hardware makers to offer Linux options on its computers over the years. Now, as Canonical employee Rick Spencer reports in a blog post, on Cyber Monday, Dell was listing the very same Vostro notebook for $369 with Windows 7 pre-loaded versus $299 for it with Ubuntu pre-loaded. 

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