Ubuntu hardware in 2015

Ubuntu has always been about software, specifically operating systems for desktop and server use. There’s been the odd laptop or desktop that popped up with Ubuntu pre-installed but that’s generally been a once-off exercise by an OEM.

2015 however has so far been a really spectacular year for Ubuntu hardware. Ubuntu is now available on, desktops, laptops and phones. It’s not available in all countries and across as wide a range of hardware as it’s Windows counterparts but the list of Ubuntu hardware is growing.

Dell and HP are huge OEM’s for desktops and laptops and have released both high-end and low-end devices this year. Here’s a short list of Ubuntu devices that was released in 2015:

Dell XPS 13 2015 Developer Edition
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Dell XPS 13 2015 Developer Edition

Dell’s XPS 13 2015 Developer Edition is a high-end ultrabook that’s pre-loaded with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and is constructed from carbon fibre and Gorilla Glass. As the name suggests, this laptop is aimed squarely at developers.

Dell Inspiron 3000 Series

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Dell’s Inspiron 3000 Series is an entry-level range of notebooks and is supplied with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in Latin America, India, South East Asia and China. Specifications of the Inspiron 3000 series are:

  • 15″ 1366×768 Display
  • Intel Celeron CPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 500GB Hard Drive
HP ProBook 255, 355 and 455

HP ProBook

UK based ebuyer.com recently announced a 3 laptop range of HP ProBooks that are already available for pre-order. These are mid-range machines and are ideal for both home and business users. Deliveries start at the end of this month.

HP 15 Series Notebooks and 1C15 AIO desktop

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HP recently released a range of laptops and an all-in-one desktop in Russia that run Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The notebooks have varied specifications and the desktop has an AMD E1-6010 processor, AMD Radeon HD 8240 graphics card, 2GB RAM (upgradeable) and a 500GB hard drive. These are also entry-level machines that intended mainly for home use.

Dell Precision M3800 Mobile Workstation

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Unlike several of the entry-level computers mentioned earlier, Dell’s Precision M3800 Mobile Workstation is aimed at developers. It’s mains specifications are:

  • intel i7 CPU
  • Nvidia Quadro GPU
  • up to 16GB RAM
  • up to 512GB SSD
  • 1080p or 4K display

Prices for this high-end mobile workstation start at just over $1500.

BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu edition

BQ Aquaris E4.5

This is the first commercially available Ubuntu smartphone that was recently launched in Europe only. This is an entry-level smartphone and is expected to be joined soon by the high-end Meizu MX4.

Conclusion

Ubuntu is still not as widely available as it’s Windows counterparts. However, 2015 has already proven that OEM’s are willing to sell and support Ubuntu-based hardware in a variety of countries. I fully expect more releases of  Ubuntu hardware in 2015 that will consist of smartphones, tablets and even convergence devices that will provide both desktop and mobile interfaces in one device once Ubuntu 15.10 is released later in the year.

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