CTL probably isn't on your short list of laptop makers if you're in the market for a new notebook, but if you're specifically looking for an Ubuntu-powered machine, perhaps the Oregon-based outfit should be. The 14.1-inch MB40U is CTL's first Ubuntu compatible notebook, and the company's pretty excited about it. So much, in fact, that it's already looking ahead to more Ubuntu products.
"CTL is very pleased to introduce our line of notebooks and desktops based on Ubuntu version 11.10. Ubuntu has emerged as one of the most popular and user-friendly Linux operating systems in the market. With Ubuntu, users can have full desktop experience supported by a robust ecosystem and a full suite of free applications. CTL will be offering more Ubuntu based products in the future," says CTL’s COO Erik Stromquist.
Pricing for the MB40U starts at $449 and includes:
- Intel Core i3 2330 processor (2.2GHz, 3MB cache)
- 2GB DDR3-1066 memory
- 160GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)
- 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit pre-installed
- 1 year parts and labor warranty
If that doesn't float your boat, the system is slightly customizable to accommodate a faster processor (up to a Core i7 2630QM), more RAM (up to 8GB), and bigger and faster storage solutions (up to a 500GB 7200 RPM HDD or up to a 512GB SSD).