Acer has begun offering Ubuntu Linux on some Aspire notebooks for sale in Singapore, but the company is not planning to release Linux-based laptops in the UK due to a lack of demand.
In Singapore the Aspire 5107Z notebook is now available with Ubuntu installed. It comes with a 1.73GHz Intel Core Duo processor, a 15.4-inch screen, 1Gb of DDR2 (double data rate 2) memory, an 80Gb hard disk, and a one-year international warranty.
While the offer has attracted attention outside Singapore for the use of Ubuntu on a notebook, Acer did not ship these notebooks with the Linux distribution preinstalled. It was installed by the firm selling the machines – Memory World in Singapore.
Acer shipped the notebooks to Memory World with another version of Linux installed, Memory World said.
Memory World said it decided to test sales of Ubuntu laptops after customers praised the operating system. The laptops have only been on sale for a few days, but ut user reaction to the Ubuntu notebooks has been cautious. "There are a lot of inquiries, but not a lot of buying," said Memory World.
Another Singaporean dealer is selling the same Acer notebook model, but with a different version of Linux installed. D-Nexus is offering an Aspire 5107Z with 512M bytes of DDR2 memory and the Linpus Basic Edition version of Linux.
Linpus is a Taiwanese distribution of Linux, developed by Linpus Technologies in Taipei.
D-Nexus has been selling the Linpus-based Aspires since early July, although Acer has been offering Linux on notebooks for about a year now.