ZaReason UltraLap 430 is World’s First Linux Ultrabook

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Last week saw a boatload of Windows 8 product announcements at IFA in Berlin, which is great if you're looking forward to Microsoft's touch-friendly OS next month. But if you're an open source fan wondering where all the love for Linux is at, well, you just have to know where to look. A good place to start is ZaReason, which is now selling a Linux-based Ultrabook, perhaps a first of its kind.

ZaReason's UltraLap 430 is a 14.1-inch laptop that measures 13.5 inches by 9.25 inches by .75 inches and weighs 3.5 pounds. That's Ultrabook territory, and so are most of the customizable hardware specs, which consist of an Intel Core i3 3217U processor, 4GB of DDR3-1333 RAM, 32GB mSATA solid state drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, multi-card reader, 1.3MP webcam, and 6-cell battery. It also has HDMI output, GbE LAN, head/microphone jack, two USB 3.0 ports, and a single USB 2.0 port.

UltraLap 430

The real selling point is the operating system. Buyers can choose between Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Debian 6, Linux Mint 13, Fedora 17, or no OS at all.

The UltraLap 430 is available now starting at $899.
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KZukowski replied on Tue, Sep 4 2012 10:29 AM

So let me get this straight: i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and only a 32GB SSD for 900 bucks? How is this better/more revolutionary than buying a better (specs-wise at least) Windows-based Ultrabook of my choice for the same price and installing whatever distro I want on it? What is the customer's benefit in this case even after they no longer have to pay for a Windows license? I honestly expected the price to be at least 100, maybe even 200, dollars cheaper.

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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Sep 4 2012 11:25 AM

Totally agree there. This thing needs to retail for no more than $799, preferably $699.

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Agree with Dave and KZukowski ; with these specs, that computer seems way overpriced. Applaud the GNU/Linux initiative, however....


PS : It should be noted that the screen offers a resolution of 1366x768. I was unable to determine what sort of panel is used....

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It should have a storage drive in it for that price as well.

Maybe priced so high because they're the first to offer Linux distro in this form factor? (not a good reason, but maybe they think that's golden?)

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Why should it be cheaper? It is the better product, so so it's totally ok to have the same price. OSS is not about being cheaper. You have smaller market, that means less products shipping and worse condition from ODMs. ZaReason is not creating laptops for geeks, but for people who not install operating systems by themselfs.

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I am a linux only user since 2005.....and everytime is always the same thing.

Crap design, crap spec and high price. Nobody will get this laptop pure failure, then I much prefer to get a XPS 13 and put ubuntu or archlinux on it. it's same price, really cool, light, good spec.....

These companies must understand that linux doesn't mean 2nd choice hardware...

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akcent14 replied on Sun, Sep 9 2012 12:15 AM

I know Linux get not viruses.its really good i think this ultralap is really good and useful for users and it has high configure but i think the price is if it would sell $650-$690 ,that will be better for users.

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