Computers for linux: The best Linux laptops of 2023

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ZDNET found the best Linux laptops available based on performance, design, cost, and more to help programmers find the right fit for their needs.

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Years ago, I never thought I’d find myself in a position to write about the best Linux laptops on the market and have to narrow down the field. Back then, we were lucky to have maybe one or two options available. Now, you’d be surprised at how many laptops are sold with Linux installed, making it a great time for programmers using the open-source alternative to Windows and MacOS. 

With so many options, we can now be selective with how we spend our money. On top of that, we no longer have to do extensive research on other laptops to ensure every component will work with Linux. For those of us who’d been working with Linux for some time, that was more a bother than a problem, but for others, it was a major effort to track down chipset manufacturers and models that went into a particular laptop. Those days are long past and consumers can now simply purchase a laptop that ships with Linux installed, knowing it will “just work.”

Also: These are the absolute best Linux distros for programming

To determine the best Linux laptops on the market, I considered features like performance, design, cost and open-source support. Based on this, the Dell XPS 15 9520 is my pick for the best Linux laptop overall, thanks to its variety of configuration options that let you customize the laptop’s build to suit your needs. But you can check out the rest of the list to find the one that’s best for you. 

The best Linux laptops

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MacBook Pro 16 Intel Core i9 – Best Mac for Linux

For loyal Mac users, running Linux on your laptop or desktop is a bit trickier than on their Windows counterparts. Since there isn’t widespread support for M1 and M2 chips yet among Linux users, your best option is to get your hands on an older Mac with an Intel CPU.

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Asus Zenbook 14 – Great OLED display

The Asus Zenbook is the little sister to the Zenbook Pro, and still gives you a great OLED display for content creation, digital art, and streaming. It also features a built-in blue light filter to help reduce eye strain during long days of work or binging your favorite movies and shows.

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Samsung Galaxy Book 2 360 – Best 2-in-1 Linux laptop

This 2-in-1 laptop from Samsung is a great candidate for a Linux-capable laptop if you’re looking for a way to get the best of both traditional laptops and tablets. The hinge lets you use the Galaxy Book 2 360 as a laptop, in tent mode, or tablet mode for different applications.

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Speed: Max. 13th Gen. Intel Core i7 – Max. 40 GB RAM

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Opslag: Max. 2x M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD

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How to choose a computer for Linux 2023

Any computer is an expensive thing, and therefore you need to approach the choice of a computer thoroughly, and especially if you decide to choose a computer for Linux.

But the fact is that until now computer manufacturers do not favor Linux users and do not care that their equipment works perfectly not only in Windows, but also in Linux. And they can be understood, because the proportion of Linux users is still much less than the horde of Windows users.

And it’s not even that Linux is worse than Windows, it’s just that the story has developed, thanks to Bill Gates and his ability to sell nonsense for big money. Talent!

So if you decide to buy a computer for Linux, then you need to research the issue in advance, so that later you don’t dance with a tambourine around your new “electronic friend”.

Attention! If you are buying a laptop for Linux, then it is better to buy a laptop with Linux on board right away, so you will definitely be sure that any other build of Linux will work well.

What will we talk about?

  1. How to choose a computer for Linux?
  2. 1. How to choose a computer for Linux considering the video card?
  3. 2. How to choose a computer for Linux considering the RAM?
  4. 3. How to choose a computer for Linux considering other hardware?

How to choose a computer for Linux?

These are my personal observations, since I have already changed several computers myself and have always installed Linux on everything.

1. How to choose a computer for Linux considering the video card?

A video card and Linux are often not compatible, so when choosing a computer, the first thing to do is to choose the RIGHT video card. Basically there will be three options: Intel, ATI and Nvidia.

Intel – never had any problems, at least for me, so this card in Linux will most likely work with a bang. The only negative is that Intel video cards are usually not very powerful, and for those who mainly want to play on a computer, they are most often not suitable.

ATI – in the old days, I suffered with this video card, since until recently ATI did not open the specification for its video cards and the drivers were cut down, made by amateurs. And that’s why even a powerful ATI video card was difficult to use to its full potential.

But in recent years things have moved a bit, the specifications have been opened up and their cards have started to work better. ATI itself releases a driver for Linux and this is a plus, but it used to work terribly crookedly, I don’t know how it is now.

Nvidia – everything has always been great with this video card, in the repository of almost any Linux there is a driver for them, which is usually downloaded after installing the system and everything works great.

The only puncture so far is with the Nvidia Optimus video card, which is essentially a dual video card: if there is no load, a weak Intel card works, and when you turn on a toy, for example, a powerful Nvidia automatically turns on. But THIS is not fully implemented in Linux yet, but it’s probably only a matter of time.

2. How to choose a computer for Linux considering the RAM?

It is very important to remember a simple truth: RAM is the only computer component that is getting more expensive every month!

Therefore, it is better to immediately buy as much RAM as you need, because in a year you will overpay for it in TWO. And in a year you just won’t find it for sale.

Here it is also worth considering that 32-bit AXIS do not see MORE THAN 3 gigabytes of RAM! Therefore, if you intend to use a 32-bit operating system, but it makes no sense for you to overpay for extra RAM!

3. How to choose a computer for Linux considering other hardware?

Of course, not everything should be taken into account when choosing a computer for Linux. But most often everything else works out of the box, and even if it doesn’t work in one version of Linux, it will work in another. Many Linux builds embed as many third party drivers as possible into their builds.

Installing third-party repositories often helps as well.

It would be even wiser before buying the model you like, type its brand in a search engine and add the word Linux. If someone has already bought this model and encountered some kind of difficulty, then he will unsubscribe in some forum.

Another option is to find a computer model with pre-installed Linux, in this case a very small percentage that another Linux will not run on this equipment, if for some reason you did not like the original one. But such models, unfortunately, are still very few.

There was a whole article in a Linux Format magazine about how to choose a computer for Linux, but I forgot which issue it was written in. Can you remember? But you can go the other way and think about which Linux to choose for a particular laptop 🙂


Choosing a PC for LINUX laptops or workstations. But minicomputers, in my opinion, will eventually replace traditional computers. A typical computer has a large system unit, a noisy fan, and high power consumption. On the other hand, a linux minicomputer is small, compact and silent, and it can also be powered by a desktop photo panel. A Linux minicomputer measuring four or five inches and a few inches high can be easily placed on a desk, hidden behind a monitor, and very handy when you’re on the move.

The absence of a fan is another advantage of a mini computer, which means that it has a lot less moving parts to break. Of course, you can buy a dedicated computer without a fan, but it still takes up a lot of space. As a rule, microcomputers have slightly lower performance, but because of this they are cheaper than ordinary PCs.

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Best Linux minicomputers

To me, a minicomputer seems like a great solution no matter how you look at it. If you’re not a gamer and are thinking about buying a new desktop computer, I highly recommend that you opt for a Linux mini computer.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the best Linux minicomputers you can buy right now. On some of them, the Linux operating system is already shipped by default, while others fully support it. We will not consider media players and other devices that come with the Android operating system only. Most of these devices can be used as media players, but they are mainly aimed at replacing conventional computers. This is not a ranking and all computers are randomly placed. Now let’s move on to the list.

1. Intel NUC

Many of the minicomputers listed here are based on the Intel NUC platform, so it’s worth mentioning. The computer does not come with Linux pre-installed, but nothing prevents you from installing it there. You can choose a complete computer or just the board, which comes at a lower price.

Features:

  • Processor: 8th generation Intel.
  • Graphics: Radeon Vega.
  • Memory: Intel Optane Memory (16 GB).
  • Ports: HDMI, USB Type-C, 2 Lan ports.
  • Hard drive: HDD 1 TB.
  • Wireless technologies: Wifi and Bluetooth.
  • Price: $300.

Price and specifications may vary depending on the specific model. You can find all available NUCs on the official Intel website.

2. Meerkat from System76

System76 specializes in the production of computers, servers and laptops, only with the Ubuntu operating system. Recently, System76 announced the release of a mini computer on Ubuntu.

Consider its specifications:

  • Processor: Intel 5th generation, i3-5010U and i5-5250U can be selected.
  • Storage space: up to 2 TB (M.2 SATA SSD).
  • RAM: up to 32 GB DDR3.
  • Graphics: Intel HD 5500 and Intel HD 6000 for i3 and i5 respectively.
  • Size: 4×4.
  • Wireless technologies: Wifi.
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 1Gb/s Ethernet port.
  • Price: from $500.

3. Mintbox Mini and Mini 2 Pro

Complab launches its flagship Linux Mint devices. Mintbox is now transforming into Mintbox Mini, a compact solution measuring around 4 inches in size. MintBox Mini 2 and Mini 2 Pro come with Intel Celeron J3455 and HDMI+miniDP support. These two devices differ only in the size of the SSD drive.

Mintbox is housed in a metal case, which ensures good heat dissipation. It comes without a fan, so it’s very quiet. In addition, it is protected from moisture and dust. The manufacturer gives MintBox a five-year warranty. Despite the fact that the computer comes with the latest Linux Mint, any distribution can be installed there.

Trial specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Celeron J3455.
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 500.
  • RAM: 8 GB.
  • Drive: 64 GB SSD for Mini 2 and 120 GB SSD for Mini 2 Pro.
  • Price: about $300

4. Utilite2

We can’t say that Compulab is stuck only on LinuxMint. They announced a Linux mini computer on ARM running Ubuntu back in December 2014. The 3.4 x 2.3 device has little functionality and a relatively low price.

Specifications:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (APQ8064) 1.7GHz quad-core.
  • RAM: 2 GB.
  • ROM: EMMC, with mSATA support up to 32 GB.
  • Graphics: Qualcomm Adreno™ GPU.
  • Wireless technologies: Wifi 802.11 and Bluetooth 4.0.
  • Ports: 4 USB 2, USB OTG, Gigabit Ethernet.
  • Other: supports GSM.
  • Price: $192 for regular model and $229 for SSD model.

5. Endless Mini

This is a minicomputer that comes with its own Linux distribution. You may have heard of EndlessOS as a distribution for home use. Endless also offers several minicomputers with this distribution preinstalled.

Endless Mini is an inexpensive computer that can be used for light tasks, so it is not worth choosing if you are going to perform resource-intensive tasks on your computer.

Specs:

  • Processor: Amlogic® S805, Quad Core, ARM® Cortex A5.
  • RAM: 1 GB/ 2 GB.
  • Graphics: Mali®-450 GPU.
  • Storage: 24GB/32GB SSD.
  • Operating system: EndlessOS.
  • Price: from $79 to 99.

6. Endless Mission One

Another minicomputer from Endless. It is based on a more powerful 2.17 GHz Intel Celeron processor and is designed to perform more demanding tasks. The case is made in a beautiful design and it is pleasant to look at.

Specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Celeron N2807.
  • RAM: 2 GB.
  • Storage: 500 GB HDD.
  • Operating system: EndlessOS.
  • Price: $249.

7. OnLogic CL100

The CL100 is a dustproof, fanless industrial minicomputer from OnLogic, formerly Logic Supply. The operating system used here is Ubuntu. You can customize your computer’s hardware to suit your needs, but choosing more powerful components will also increase the price.

Specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Celeron N3160 or Pentium N3710.
  • RAM: 2 GB.
  • Storage: 32 GB SSD.
  • Price: $357.

8. TUXEDO Nano V8

TUXEDO helps build personalized computers and laptops. This minicomputer appeared in 2020 and uses Ubuntu or Ubuntu Budgie as the main operating system. Moreover, it comes with an 8th generation Intel processor and 32GB of RAM. Therefore, it is quite a powerful computer. If you don’t need that much power, you can opt for a simpler configuration, and you can also add an optional M.2 SSD instead of an HDD. This minicomputer will work even with a 4K screen.

Features:

  • Processor: i3 to i7, 7th or 8th generation.
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel HD graphics.
  • RAM: up to 32 GB.
  • Wireless technologies: Wifi and Bluetooth 4.2.
  • Ports: 4 USB 3.0 ports, 1 M.2 SSD slot, 2 HDMI2.0a.
  • Price: $519.

9. Slimbook ONE v2

One is a compact yet powerful minicomputer using the eighth generation Intel processor. In addition, M.2 drives up to 500 GB or hard drives up to 2 GB are supported. The RAM here can be up to 16 GB, and the HDMI port supports 4K.

You can choose which Linux operating system will be preinstalled. Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Manjaro and more are available. Or, if you want to use your computer as a media center, you can choose the Ubuntu Multimedia Center edition.

Features:

  • Processor: Intel i5 or i7.
  • Graphics: Intel UHD 620.
  • RAM: up to 16 GB.
  • Storage: up to 500 GB M.2 SSD or up to 2 GB HDD.
  • Wireless technologies: Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0.
  • Ports: 2 pcs. USB 2.0 x 2 USB 3.0 and one USB Type-C port.
  • Price: $520.

10. Entroware Aura

If Slimbook’s ONE v2 doesn’t impress you, this minicomputer will fix the situation. It also runs on an eighth generation Intel processor, you can choose i3, i5 or i7. In addition to this, you get the choice of memory up to 32 GB at 2400 MHz. If that’s not enough for a Linux minicomputer, you can add a 2TB SSD. In addition, an additional HDD is supported if you need it.

Specifications:

  • Processor: Intel 8th (i3, i5 or i7).
  • RAM: DDR4 up to 32 GB, up to 2700 MHz.
  • Storage: SSD up to 2TB, M.2 or SATA plus optional HDD.
  • Wireless technologies: Wifi and Bluetooth.
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655.
  • Ports: 4 pcs USB 3.1 Gen 2, MicroSD, HDMI.
  • Price: $520.

11. Olympia by Juno Computers

Another impressive Linux minicomputer with about the same parameters, but a little cheaper. It may come preinstalled with Elementary OS, Ubuntu 18.04, or Ubuntu 19.04. It too runs on an 8th generation Intel processor and may come with 16GB of RAM. For data storage, a 1TB M.2 SSD is used and there is an SD card slot.

Features:

  • Processor: Intel 8th, i3, i5 or i7.
  • Memory: up to 16 GB at 2133 MHz.
  • Storage: SATA or M.2 SSD 1TB.
  • Wireless technologies: Wifi and Bluetooth.
  • Ports: 4 pcs USB 3.1 Gen 2, HDMI 2.0, card reader.
  • Price: $520.

Conclusions

I deliberately didn’t include the Raspberry Pi 2 and other similar mini Linux computers in this list, because we are only looking at solutions that can become an alternative to a full-fledged desktop computer, and the Raspberry Pi still falls short in terms of performance.