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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.

Installing Netbook Images

August 3, 2009 2 comments

A common issue with a Netbook is that they do not have a CDROM so that you must load the operating system from a flash drive. UNetbootin, the Universal Netbook Installer does an excellent job at creating an image to put on your flash drive so you can install it on your Netbook.

The first thing to do is to download the .iso image that you want to place on your Netbook. An iso is an image of the distribution that you want to install on the machine. It is important that it is not just copied, it must be installed as an image so that it can boot. Here you can see the image has been selected. Put your flash drive into the machine that will create the image. In this example you can see that /dev/sde1 has been detected.
WARNING:Be very careful not to select the show all drives, as it will show you all of your drives and it is easy to overwrite a drive that is on your computer.

Once this is set up it creates the image, unmount the drive, put it in your Netbook and boot to the USB drive and your new installation will begin.

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There is also the option to download and install an image right from the Internet and place it on the USB flash drive. Just select the image you want, and click and it will be completed for you.

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