Slimbook releases notebook running KDE Linux
Spanish notebook manufacturer Slimbook and KDE (the group behind Linux distros like KDE Neon and KDE Plasma) have unveiled a new notebook today: the Slimbook KDE.
The ultrabook measures ~18 mm (0.7 inches) thick and weighs ~1.36 kg (3 lbs). The chassis is aluminum all around. I/O is a bit sparse and includes only two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a mini HDMI port, an SD card reader, and a combo audio jack. The 13.3-inch screen sports a Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution.
The concept of a notebook tuned to run a Linux distro is nothing new; Dell has been selling the XPS 13 Developer Edition, which comes preinstalled with Ubuntu, for years. Other companies like System76 have been selling laptops (typically from generic manufacturers like Clevo) running Ubuntu, Mint, and other Linux distros. The KDE Slimbook is obviously tuned to run KDE’s own flavors of Linux (Neon or Plasma) and is fully endorsed and supported by the developer.
Linux is commonly seen as a free way of breathing new life into older computers, especially notebooks. Many different versions, or “distros”, of the open-source OS are freely available and supported by an open-source community. New machines built with a Linux distro, however, can be expensive. The KDE Slimbook starts at €729 (~$778 USD) for the base model, which features an Intel Core i5-6200U, 4 GB of RAM, a 120 GB m.2 SSD, and an Intel 7265N wireless card. A fully-specced Slimbook with an Intel Core i7-6500U, 16 GB of RAM, a 500 GB m.2 SSD, and an Intel 7265AC wireless card comes in at €1,268 (~$1,355).
The KDE Slimbook can be purchased through Slimbook’s online store. The device is expected to begin shipping after March 15th.