5 laptops that will impress you with power and specs
These lesser-known notebooks are powered by Intel processors, offer discrete graphic chips and flexibility to customise
There was a time when Linux was seen as an outcast operating system. Times have now changed as the 27-year-old operating system has made some serious inroads in the server market, then in the cloud – not forgetting that it underpins the popular ecosystem out there: Android. Below are the five best Linux laptops you can buy today — note that they have been fine-tuned to run a specific flavour of Linux (such as Ubuntu, for example).
1 Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition
Ideal for those looking for a sleek-andchic portable
The XPS 13 retains its crown as the champion of the Ultrabook market, and one can only admire Dell for its unwavering Linux support on a flagship machine. The laptop is customisable so you can configure it to be suitable for everything from routine office tasks to gaming, depending on how much you are willing to pay. You can plump for the most expensive XPS 13, which has a 4K InfinityEdge touchscreen. It also allows you to choose between the default 512GB SSD or to pay extra for a 1TB solid-state drive.
2 System76 Galago Pro
Looking for the ultimate Linux powerhouse?
On paper, the Galago Pro from System76 is a beast of a machine. Yet it weighs less than most 13-inch laptops. This is a notebook that rivals the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, featuring an aluminium chassis, and managing to make space for up to 32GB of RAM. The Galago Pro has two hard drive bays. It comes with 3200X1800 display resolution, an Ethernet port, an SD card reader, two USB ports and a Thunderbolt 3/USBType-C/mini-DisplayPort connector.
3 System76 Oryx Pro
A configurable notebook with plenty of potential
The Oryx Pro was built for Linux and currently offers a choice of either Ubuntu 16.04 or System76’s own Ubuntu-based Pop!_OS 17.10 on purchase. The chassis is made from lightweight aluminium with a matte black finish and you have a choice of display size (15.6 or 17.3-inch). Graphics are provided by GeForce GTX 10 series GPUs and it packs a quad-core processor into its thin frame.
4 System76 Serval WS
A powerhouse of a laptop, but a hefty beast
System76’s Serval WS is a powerhouse. Available with a 15-inch or 17-inch display, it incorporates an Intel Core i7 CPU which is usually found in desktop machines. The Serval WS is customisable, incorporating up to 64GB of system RAM and up to 12TB of storage. It also offers a variety of Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-series GPUs, and the choice of either a Full HD or 4K display. This notebook also offers impressive connectivity chops and multi-colour backlight keyboard.
5 Purism Librem 13
Great for the privacy fanatics
Purism embarked on a quest to build the most secure laptop ever and (obviously) chose Linux (PureOS) to power the device. It is the only notebook maker to offer physical kill switches as standard on its laptops. Instead of going mainstream, the company tapped into the crowdfunding community for funding, allowing it to adopt a stricter ethos than most firms when it comes to privacy, rights to free software and security.