Eurocom Begins Offering Linux High Performance Laptops
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 11 March 2014 at 06:34 PM EDT. 6 Comments
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Eurocom is the latest laptop vendor now offering Linux as a laptop when buying one of their high-end laptop models.

Eurocom sent out a news release that beginning today they will be offering choices of operating systems in their line of GPU-upgradeable, high-performance, professional laptops. Besides the high-end laptop line-up, they will also be offering Linux options for their lightweight notebooks.

The company noted the new OS options, "Customer can choose between Windows 8, Windows 7 and Linux based operating systems such as Ubuntu, Mint and Debian." Some will be disappointed that they're only Debian/Ubuntu-based options, but at least it's a step in the right direction and hopefully we can see Fedora or other alternatives in the future.

In terms of how the company is promoting their new open-source OS options, "Linux based operating systems are a great alternative to Windows operating systems because they are less prone to virus attacks, are very secure, while having a stylish and intuitive interface. Linux distributions like Ubuntu give users a streamlined experience that they can really make their own."

The press release in full can be read at Eurocom.com. For those unfamiliar with this IHV, Eurocom has been around since the late 90's. However, I haven't had any past experience with Eurocom and I don't know how committed they are to seeing a great Linux experience on their devices. Hopefully they'll send out one of their Linux-based systems so we can have a good idea how well Mint/Ubuntu/Debian is deployed on their hardware in terms of support, their driver selection (namely whether they're using the open or closed-source GPU drivers), and any other tuning they might do to their shipped distributions.

From a hardware perspective, Eurocom seems to have some nice high-end notebook options. In ending, here's one of their recent promoted high-end laptops:

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