currently i have 4 computers:
- dell xps with nvidia optimus
- acer 4820tg with ati/amd 4xxx series video card
- acer 7750tg with ati/amd 6xxx series video card
- acer s3 with integrated intel graphics card
from these four, acer s3 is the most linux-friendly. dell needs the installation of bumblebee. both acer 4820 & 7750 suggest the installation of proprietary ati/amd video drivers. only acer s3 doesn't require any additional intervention after a fresh linux installation. i would call it "the best linux-ready" computer.
its specs in brief are:
processor: intel core i7-2637M @1,70GHzx2
disk drives: 500G hdd + 20G ssd
graphic card: intel 2nd generation integrated graphics controller
this is what inxi tells aboit it:
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just@alexsok ~ $ inxi -Fxxx System: Host: alexsok Kernel: 3.11-2-amd64 x86_64 (64 bit, gcc: 4.8.2) Desktop: KDE 4.12.1 (Qt 4.8.6) info: plasma-desktop dm: kdm Distro: SolydXK 1 testing Machine: Mobo: Acer model: Aspire S3 version: 1.15 Bios: INSYDE version: 1.15 date: 09/28/2011 CPU: Dual core Intel Core i7-2637M CPU (-HT-MCP-) cache: 4096 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 6784.72 Clock Speeds: 1: 1258.00 MHz 2: 1768.00 MHz 3: 2312.00 MHz 4: 1258.00 MHz Graphics: Card: Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:0116 X.Org: 1.14.5 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Sandybridge Mobile GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 9.2.2 Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card: Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:1c20 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.11-2-amd64 Network: Card: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath9k bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 168c:0032 IF: wlan0 state: down mac: 74:de:2b:ed:36:b0 Drives: HDD Total Size: 552.1GB (27.3% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: Hitachi_HTS54505 size: 500.1GB serial: TA9511GZHK98HS 2: id: /dev/sdb model: SATA_SSD size: 20.0GB serial: 111707191E0C1D2B1F04 3: USB id: /dev/sde model: Trans size: 32.0GB serial: 079B12035108E8F0-0:0 Partition: ID: / size: 39G used: 5.9G (17%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 4.19GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 55.0C mobo: 39.0C Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A Info: Processes: 176 Uptime: 7 min Memory: 569.7/3817.4MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.2 alt: 4.4/4.6/4.7 Client: Shell (bash 4.2.45 running in konsole) inxi: 1.9.17 just@alexsok ~ $
the best about it is its ssd drive. it's 20G only, but for me it's enough for almost any linux. i usually divide hard disk in some 20G partitions for linux os'es, plus a big one(s) - smth about 200..300G - where i hold all my data shared between all linux'es installed. there's archlinux with cinnamon on the ssd drive. arch is one of the fastest linux'es. cinnamon is much lighter than kde. nevertheless, it's still hard to believe that arch boots from ssd into usable cinnamon desktop in 4 (four) seconds. no joke, no kidding. it's that incredibly lightning fast.
note the bios date - september of 2011. it's a normal legacy bios, borned before the uefi madness. the compter was bought about 2..3 years ago. hard disks are smaller than 2T, so it's possible to use a normal msdos-partitioning, not a gpt- one. thanks to this fact, acer s3 permits the use of lovely grub legacy - not grub2 - which gives a complete control over any and all linux'es installed on the computer, regardless of the number of ones installed.
a curious note. on my dell xps, which has 1,3T of a total internal hard drives space (650Gx2), i was once arrived to have 27 different linux'es, plus, a two common 300G data partitions, shared between all of them. grub legacy (grub1) had no difficulty at all to control in most intimate detail those crazy setup. try to gain such level of control with grub2 over, say, 6..8 linux'es. doubt it will be possible.
the acer's s3 weakest point is its battery duration. it doesn't last for more than 3 hours. depending on how you use the computer, it could be really frustrating. modern batteries last all day long, for 8..12 hours. so in my everyday life the computer is ac-powered most of the time. maybe because acer s3 developed some kind in addiction in me - i use it almost 24 hours a day. two other acers and dell X(treme) P(ower) S(tation) number cruncher are primarily used by my sweet daughter when she wants to shoot some bad guys / monsters / aliens / other strange creatures on steam .
last but not least, is the power consumption. for acer s3 it's 50W only. three other consume from 75W (acer 4820) up to 105W (dell xps). the s3's AC power adapter is very compact. and the power cords are the longest between the four computers. so there's a plenty of freedom to place it where you want, even with the power cords attached.
i'm not an acer employee, and by no means want to make an ad for it. but this slim light silver beast made me fall in love with it .