Josh Datko on 31 Jan 2013 08:10:03 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Low Cost Netbook

I recommend you looking into a Chromebook.  The new Samsung chromebook us only $250 and you can dual boot into Linux.  The most popular distro is ChrUbuntu, which can run from the internal SSD or totally from an external SD card.

It's ARM based so not all packages are working, but it boots quickly into the window manager and I am happily running Emacs (23) on it.

I get 6-7 hours of battery life on this 11" laptop.

At the risk of a shameless self-plug (too late...) I have a few blog articles to resources and fixes here:

I just realized it may not support your VMWare requirement, but I'm not sure if anybody has tried yet :)

Besides that, I think it meets the rest of your requirements.


On Jan 31, 2013, at 9:44, Paul Walker <> wrote:

Self employment finds me on the road more frequently these days and I want to find a small, low replacement cost linux machine that I can use for development and system administration. 

My modest requirements are:

Debian or Ubuntu OS
Enough resources to run VMWare
Modern Web Browser
Text Editor
Light Weight and Small
Low Replacement Cost

If anyone has such a machine for sale, please contact me off-list at Recommendations and leads appreciated!


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