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Black Friday Linux Netbook Specials

November 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Update: I discovered some nice Linux netbooks last year while writing this article, Black Friday 2010 is all about Linux-based tablets and that’s what I’m shopping for. Check out my latest post Black Friday 2010 Tablet Deals. I’ve listed my favorite tablets launching on or close to Black Friday along with their specs and price tag.

Black Friday Linux NetbookEvery year in the US, the Friday after Thanksgiving shoppers get up early and squeeze into stores everywhere to save a few bucks on holiday purchases. While saving money on new Linux Netbooks appeals to most Linux geeks, crowds of people and checkout lines often do not. Here’s two options for the geek who wants to get in and get out while still getting a great deal on a new Linux Netbook or laptop.

First of all, if you don’t need to buy a laptop or Netbook with Linux pre-installed you can find a large selection of Black Friday Netbook specials over at ZDNet. Many of these make excellent candidates for installing lightweight distros like Xubuntu, Puppy, and Vector after you purchase them. My personal favorite is the Acer Aspire One Netbook with a 10’1″ screen, 1GB RAM, and a 160GB hard drive for $149 in Office Max stores the morning of November 27th.

If you’re looking to find a discounted Netbook with Linux installed your best bet may be the Dell Vostro A90 Netbook which has been released as the “The Ideal Mobile Business Internet Companion” providing an excellent solution for lightweight computing on the go. Best of all this Dell Netbook comes pre-installed with Ubuntu 8.04.

If it’s Linux training you’re after, we will have site wide discounts on various types of Linux desktop and server training materials will be available at BeginLinux.com throughout the week of November 22nd, 2010. (Black Friday) Linux training specials and discount codes will be launched from the @beginlinux Twitter account.

Anyone else find any hot Linux Netbook deals being rolled out? Please comment.

Win A 4GB Sandisk USB with Ubuntu 9.10 Pre-installed

October 29, 2009 4 comments

Ubuntu GiveawayWith the release of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala we’ve decided to kick off our newsletter by giving away a free Ubuntu 9.10 USB drive. Anyone who subscribes to the BeginLinux.com newsletter will be entered into the drawing which will be held November 5th, 1 week after the Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala release.

The USB drive is a 4 GB Sandisk Cruzer with a red gator skin print. It comes with Ubuntu 9.10 stable installed and ready for use. You can buy a 4GB Ubuntu 9.10 USB drives on our site for $15.95, the cheapest price you’ll find online!

Subscribe to our newsletter and win it!

4GB Ubuntu USB $15.95

UPDATE: These odds are looking good. With only 3 days left in the giveaway we’ve had less than less than 100 new subscribers. Subscribe now and win a portable, practical Ubuntu 9.10 USB Flash drive. Hurry up!
Giveaway ends 11/05/09.

Ubuntu ShipIt Program Thinking Smarter

October 21, 2009 2 comments

The Ubuntu ShipIt Program. If you’re not familiar with it, you’ve probably never typed in “free Ubuntu CD” on Google or any other search engine. ShipIt is the Ubuntu service that gives away free Ubuntu installation CDs in an effort to make sure people have few restrictions obtaining Ubuntu. ShipIt has been a huge success shipping millions of free Ubuntu CDs over the past few years. The CDs are not free for Canonical, the company backing Ubuntu and the ShipIt program. This has caused Ubuntu to deploy some interesting techniques designed to cut the cost or need or the Free Ubuntu installation CDs.

Limiting Free Ubuntu CDs for people who:
-Can upgrade to the new release without a CD
-Can download their own CD for free

Ubuntu users can also:

-Download the CD wallet artwork
-Become an Ubuntu member by contributing to Ubuntu, making them eligible for more CDs
-Purchase CDs

More on this at Jono Bacon’s blog

Requesting a free CD from the Ubuntu ShipIt program will take at least 4-6 weeks. For a more dependable solution order Ubuntu on CD or USB US Priority Mail now. Ubuntu training is available in video and course form.

Community Question: Teaching Linux Newbies

October 20, 2009 7 comments

The Linux training question of the day today was: “What’s the best way to teach a Linux newbie?” We received a great response from our Facebook and Twitter friends and followers and wanted to post these ideas on our blog so that others may be inspired to share Linux more effectively.

@5h3r4t4n said “You got deleted everything you know about windows, thats the difficult part, after that everything gonna be Easy, read, read..”
@allan1850 said “I would say sit them in front of the system and let them play”
@parinsharma said “Telling him about it the FOSS and after he/she gets interested just start them telling about shell scripting and GUI Compiz etc.”
@airurando said “Patience, small steps, introduce them to what they would find useful first.”
@juanfer1 said “I think with some series of screencasts tutorials”
@vargas7 said “Begin with Ubuntu and a comparison of the common windows functionalities and where they can be found in Linux”
@jamesswinyard said “Sit down with them, let them play, then let them ask questions as they find things.”

Keep them coming and we’ll continue to post them here. You may use the comments for below to answer “What’s the best way to teach a Linux newbie?”.

Ubuntu 9.10 Software Store Video

October 8, 2009 3 comments


I’ve posted a short video walk-through of the new Ubuntu 9.10 Software Center. The Software Center will replace Add/Remove applications in the final release of Ubuntu 9.10.

Inside the Ubuntu Software Center users will see Get Free Software and Installed Software options. If Get Free Software is selected users can choose from packages broken down into categories or departments for ease of use. A filter field is also available in the top right corner. After packages are selected details about the package and expandable screenshots for each package is shown. This is in my opinion on of the biggest advantages of the Software Center over Add/Remove applications setup. If Installed Software is selected from the column on the left users will see an alphabetical list of software packages installed. Selecting a package wil result in details, screenshot and a button to remove the package.

After packages have been either added or removed the In Progress selection appears along with Get Free Software and Installed Software options on the left. With In Progress selected on the left users can see the current status of packages whether they are downloading, being installed or removed. I was skeptical of the Software Center at first but it does have some bright spots that, I think, make it worth the change. What do you think? Ubuntu Software Center or Add/Remove Applications.

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