Something I Missed In 2013, A GNU/Linux Notebook At NCIX

The only GNU/Linux boxes I thought were on NCIX’s site were some eeeBoxes from ASUS (no longer available), you know, a tiny desktop box. But, here, in all its glory is a 14″ notebook running GNU/Linux. It’s reasonably priced considering one may want to pay more for a good OS. It was easy to find, too. I just searched for “linux” and there it was under “Notebooks Mainstream”. How appropriate.
Specs:

“Battery Information – Battery Capacity: 4850 mAh Battery Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer) Number of Cells: 3-cell
Built-in Devices Finger Print Reader: No
Webcam: Yes
Display & Graphics
Backlight Technology: LED
Display Screen Type: Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Graphics Controller Manufacturer: Intel
Graphics Controller Model: HD 3000
Graphics Memory Accessibility: Shared
Graphics Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM
Screen Size: 14"
TV Card: No
General Information
Brand Name: Acer
Manufacturer: Acer, Inc
Manufacturer Part Number: NX.V85AA.002
Manufacturer Website Address: http://www.acer.ca
Product Line: TravelMate
Product Model: TMX483-323c4G50Mass
Product Name: TravelMate TMX483-323c4G50Mass Notebook
Product Series: X483
Product Type: Notebook
Memory
Memory Card Reader: Yes
Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM
Standard Memory: 4 GB
Miscellaneous
Additional Information:
Wireless LAN: Acer Nplify 802.11a/b/g/n
Package Contents:
TravelMate TMX483-323c4G50Mass Notebook
Lithium Polymer Battery
AC Adapter
Network & Communication
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth Standard: Bluetooth 4.0 + HS

Wireless LAN: Yes
Wireless LAN Manufacturer: Broadcom
Wireless LAN Model: 43228
Wireless LAN Standard: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Physical Characteristics
Height: 0.8" (20.7 mm)
Width: 13.4" (340.0 mm)
Power Description
Maximum Power Supply Wattage: 65 W
Processor & Chipset
64-bit Processing: Yes
Cache: 3 MB
Chipset Manufacturer: Intel
Chipset Model: HM77 Express
Direct Media Interface: 5 GT/s
Hyper-Threading: Yes
Processor Core: Dual-core (2 Core)
Processor Manufacturer: Intel
Processor Model: i3-2375M
Processor Speed: 1.50 GHz
Processor Type: Core i3
Software
Operating System: Linpus Linux
Storage
Hard Drive Capacity: 500 GB
Hard Drive Interface: Serial ATA
Hard Drive RPM: 5400
Optical Drive Type: DVD-Writer
Optical Media Supported: DVD-RAM/±R/±RW”

See Acer TMX483-6691-US Core I3-2375M 4GB 500GB 14in DVDRW BT Linux Notebook.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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24 Responses to Something I Missed In 2013, A GNU/Linux Notebook At NCIX

  1. dougman says:

    BW, reminds me of a angry butt-hurt retiree that’s pissed off, his misdirected anger is thrust upon the Linux community who just points and laughs at his ignorant ranting.

    Merry Xmas!

  2. bw says:

    Microsoft’s business isn’t even regulated by the Department of Justice Anti-Trust Division anymore. That should tell you something

    That speaks volumes! Starting with the idea that you do not have a very useful understanding of the USA vs Microsoft litigation.

  3. lpbbear says:

    “bw, You are full of shit.”

    You are so correct. bLOwHARD is truly full of shit. He is an arrogant, pompous 1%er hanging out on a Linux site wasting tons of personal time posting angry little diatribes at people who can’t stand him.

    He is a loser.

  4. YesMan says:

    bw,

    You are full of shit. Last time I was at Best Buy I saw not one but two Chromebooks on display. Tons of Android tablets too. And a giant Apple display, where as usual most of the customers were around. This isn’t the 90s anymore. Microsoft’s business isn’t even regulated by the Department of Justice Anti-Trust Division anymore. That should tell you something.

  5. bw says:

    Having no website is superior to having such an insipid one as yours, dougman. Furthermore, you cannot hide behind the notion that I am unwilling to pay you to make yours more presentable. Rather you expose your total lack of pride in your presentation and strongly suggest that you are incompetent to make any such changes.

    BTW, you have confused your clumsy persona of free-lance systems analyst with that of school of hard knocks repair technician. Does anyone actually fix a broken computer anymore? It is such a rare event that, like television sets of yore, most such businesses are now closed. I cannot think of a single place to take one save the Best Buy bunch. Even they are not very competitive with new machine prices, I am told. They mostly make their money charging the totally inept a fee to install a newly purchased program.

    As to formal education, you did not simply state that it was unnecessary for routine computer fixing. Rather you vehemently declared that such education was a total waste of money and a trap for the foolish. Or have you forgotten about saying that?

    You sputter and spit and accuse me of condoning piracy and such when I merely noted that the bare bones machines sold in the back alleys of third world countries mostly all end up with unlicensed Windows. Just a fact.

  6. dougman says:

    “Nobody is fooled by your fantasy, dougman, or your childishly constructed web site.”

    Wheres YOUR website/blog, or business promoting Win-Dohs? That’s right, you have none!

    “By your own admission you have no academic or even practical qualifications.”

    My admission? Ho-Ho-Ho…all I ever stated was a college degree and/or so-called IT certificates are NOT needed to start-up and run a business. I mean honestly, fixing computers is NOT that hard and M$ is the one pushing for licenses, even for internet usage. With no viable CEO, the M$ monopoly is crumbling.

    “You cannot even fix the distorted graphics on your site.” Says you, and I told you to either make a donation to my bit-coin wallet, its really easy by the way and I would gladly change it, or send me your IP address so I can add it to the block-list, as it ONLY bothers ONLY you. Which one shall it be?

    “If you ever did get a “client” it would have to be someone less capable than yourself and that is a rara avis indeed”

    All my customers are less-capable, that’s why they hire me as knowledgeable, ethical and computer repairman.

    “Go into any retail store that sells computer, select any on-line source for them and you see nothing but Windows computers for sale”

    Wind-bag your full of lies, last time I was in Best-Buy I saw nothing but Android and Chromebook devices; but lets NOT call those ‘Linux’ eh? So much for your so-called ‘nothing’.

    “Scrounge around in the back alleys of the third world warrens and maybe there is a bare bones machine for sale that can be outfitted with a pirated copy of Windows to give the owner a sense of belonging.”

    Your condoning pirating Windows now? Maybe you should be subjected to a BSA audit, who knows what unlicensed software you have.

    “You crow of chromebooks, but almost three years after their introduction, they barely get 1% of the recognition of Window 8 which started years later.”

    LOL…obviously your view is jaded and it bothers you, or you would not putt up a trolling fussing about it.. M$ would not be hiring actors and running negative advertisements (mudslinging) on Chromebooks, unless they ‘know’ something is up.Today I read, “Chromebooks charge into business market, capture 20% of commercial notebooks” http://www.pcworld.com/article/2082310/chromebooks-charge-into-business-market-capture-20-of-commercial-notebooks.html

    “Linux started last in 1991 and it remains last by about the same degree in 2013. Twenty-two years of being ignored so far and more on the way.”

    Wind-Bag, you are truly old and should be taken out to pasture. Yes, Linux has been around a long time, however it has not been ignored in fact Linux usage is growing each and every year. Linux, runs on my desktop, my S4 phone, my Chromebook and my Kindle paper-white. I have yet to see a Windows Surface, phone or RT in the wild yet. The only places I see those are at M$ stores and even those are collecting dust.

    “Get a clue.”

    Your sniffing glue, as for one to say as you did, that computers will always be sold with Windows. Today I read this, “Microsoft to face computer makers’ rebellion at CES – Windows 8.1 PCs that also run Android should ‘scare the heck’ out of Microsoft, says analyst http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/microsoft-face-computer-makers-rebellion-ces-233098.

  7. bw says:

    Amid bw’s drivel was this “gem”…
    Be practical now. When someone says “nothing but” it is an expansive statement that can only be countered by showing a significant number of exceptions. Hunting out the odd Linux offering in a sea of Windows 8 product is hardly any sort of counter.

    When was the last time you were in Brazil and shopping for a PC? I bet it has been a month of Sundays! Dougman has never been to Brazil either.

    One odd thing that I notices was that you have to search for Linux on general sites, even in Brazil. If you just click on “Notebook” on Wal-Mart, for example, it shows oodles of Win 8 machines, just like in the rest of the world.

    That wasn’t the point anyway. It was in regard to the many, many touch-enabled products on the market from all the big makers except Apple. How many touch-enabled Linux machines are on those sites?

  8. dougman wrote, “More OEMs are turning to Linux-based platforms these days as dependence on Windows is killing the bottom line.”

    Digitimes had a story about that recently: “The notebook manufacturing industry’s average gross margins have dropped from a double-digit percentage in the past to only 3-4% currently, and are expected to drop further to only 1-2% in the future” OEMs could improve margins dramatically by switching to GNU/Linux.

  9. Amid bw’s drivel was this “gem”: “Go into any retail store that sells computer, select any on-line source for them and you see nothing but Windows computers for sale.”

    Walmart.com.br

    NCIX.com

    Linuxcertified.com

    Dell.ca

    HP.com

    HP will even teach you anything you want to know about GNU/Linux.

    Did anyone notice how tiny HP’s “recommends” was?

  10. bw says:

    I am the one with the business

    Nobody is fooled by your fantasy, dougman, or your childishly constructed web site. By your own admission you have no academic or even practical qualifications. You cannot even fix the distorted graphics on your site. You have no pride at all.

    If you ever did get a “client” it would have to be someone less capable than yourself and that is a rara avis indeed.

    Go into any retail store that sells computer, select any on-line source for them and you see nothing but Windows computers for sale. Scrounge around in the back alleys of the third world warrens and maybe there is a bare bones machine for sale that can be outfitted with a pirated copy of Windows to give the owner a sense of belonging.

    You crow of chromebooks, but almost three years after their introduction, they barely get 1% of the recognition of Window 8 which started years later. Linux started last in 1991 and it remains last by about the same degree in 2013. Twenty-two years of being ignored so far and more on the way.

    Get a clue.

  11. dougman says:

    Ummm, the term ‘bright-one’ was in reference to Yonah, you assume too much Wind-bag.

    Retarded view of computers? Hah….I am the one with the business, I am the one making money fixing Win-Dohs and pushing Linux. You, well who knows what arm-chair PC work you do.

    “Also OEMs and component makers can easily send out updated drivers for their customers via website downloads” LOL… you just confirmed what I stated earlier, Linux drivers do not need to do this as it comes baked in the kernel, thank you.

    “Many manufacturers still do not bother with it.” LOL…what you been smoking?

    More OEMs are turning to Linux-based platforms these days as dependence on Windows is killing the bottom line. I seem to recall Robert stating this numerous times, as a way for OEM’s to pickup revenue. So what do we see now, you see manufacturers looking at the popularity of Chromebooks and saying, “Hey I want in on that!”. This is the reason M$ has decided to attack Chromebooks with their weak videos, which just out-right fail and makes Google laugh and saying “Thank you!” for the free advertisement

    Surface, 8 and RT have done nothing but weaken M$ branding, its rather obvious and for someone that’s so-called in ‘the know” you sure do wear some fat blinders.

  12. bw says:

    SO tell me

    No one else bothers to tell you anything, dougster, so why should I? To be kind, I’ll just point you at some on-line store thing like Pogson does. Try this one:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/searchpage.jsp;jsessionid=205B4404A31F90350084A159CCA1C881.bbolsp-app01-126?_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&_dynSessConf=-9214279480859139402&id=pcat17071&type=page&st=touchscreen+computer&sc=Global&cp=1&nrp=15&sp=&qp=&list=n&iht=y&fs=saas&usc=All+Categories&keys=keys&ks=960&saas=saas

    That’s the Best Buy search result page for “Touchscreen PC”. You are may be right in thinking that Apple does not have a Mac that works, but Dell, HP, Gateway, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, Acer, and ASUS and maybe others do. (I only looked at the first 15. There are nine more pages. Maybe none of these companies are as astute a Apple, but then they occasionally put Linux on their products as well, just to give Pogson a thrill, I think, and Apple does not ever do that.

    Windows 8 has to be good for Candy Crush and other games, that is what a lot of people use their computer for. Didn’t you know that? Grepping and awking and such went out with high button shoes.

    I think that you have a very retarded view of how PC manufacturing, marketing, distribution, sales, and support operate and that may account for your curiously formed opinions about things.

    Microsoft does have a large library of drivers, all of which are provided by component vendors. They do that so that people can use their products. Without them, they couldn’t sell anything.

    But the OEMs are the ones who need to make sure that a driver is both efficacious and maximally functional. They can’t ship a computer with a defective driver, it would be back in the returns bin the next day. Also OEMs and component makers can easily send out updated drivers for their customers via website downloads and such. That is what keeps everyone happy.

    Linux, OTOH, is a much more complex kettle of fish. Many manufacturers still do not bother with it.

  13. dougman says:

    FUD?? LOL….

    SO tell me oh bright one, where is the Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt in Job’s comment on touchscreens? Obviously, the man knew what he was talking about and this is the reason you do not see touchscreens on Apple desktops or laptops. It’s a useless feature.

    Wind-Bag, so is that what Windows 8 is is good for Candy Crush and Angry Birds? Fisher-Price OS, yes.

    http://www.eightforums.com/attachments/customization/16722d1360893203-post-your-start-screen-5192012043239windows8vsaol.jpeg

    Regarding your comment, Linux has 99.9% of the drivers it needs baked into the kernel, whereas with Windows, one needs to load CD’s and such independently.

    One of the highly debated subjects with Windows and Linux is with device support. The two have different methods of how drivers are created and implemented into the operating system. With Windows, M$ writes generic drivers to help ensure that users can get up and running, then 3rd party supplied drivers can be installed to optimize performance. With Linux, drivers are all included with the Linux kernel, and devices are detected and the appropriate drivers are then activated on the fly. There are no 3rd parties to contact for drivers (unless a proprietary driver is needed, in which case it has to be manually installed, similar to Windows; this is rare but sometimes necessary).

  14. bw says:

    Dell and HP have been selling touch screen all-in-ones since Vista. Windows 8 just makes the whole thing work a lot better. I put Windows 8 on my wife’s Dell and it is like having a 25″ diagonal phone if you use AppStore apps. Great for Candy Crush or the old Angry Birds.

    Mouse and keyboard work as before. I guess that would not be the case if someone put Linux on that machine some day. Apparently Linux can’t use any of that hardware.

    Doughan sounds like the fox in the Sour Grapes tale.

  15. Yonah says:

    Dougman’s FUD leaves out one very important detail: touch-screen support on a Windows 8 desktop or laptop PC is complimentary to the keyboard and mouse, not a replacement and certainly not mandatory.

  16. dougman says:

    Weak….Loser. VERY weak..Indeed.

  17. YesMan says:

    DrLoser,

    Thanks but I’m not currently in the market for a new laptop. But if I was, HP Chromebook 14 would be my preferred option.

  18. oiaohm says:

    Robert Pogson even the normal keyboard and mouse has problems with the human body. A lot of work has been done to reduce the harm with keyboard and mouse.

    Microsoft has the idea touch everything. Already with tablets we are seeing neck problems.

    Most people who are not professionally trained don’t know how to setup a PC properly but a incorrectly setup PC is close to right.

    Touch also fails due to a basic problem of grim. Maybe one day we will have suitable materials.

    DrLoser interesting enough Linux people have more formal training in ergonomics than the average population. So touch screen is not a selling point DrLoser. Now a laptop with like a integrated watcom drawing tablet that would move to some of the Linux world.

    Ergonomics is covered at some Linux conferences. Its one of the strange differences between the Closed source conferences and the Linux conferences. Closed source conferences have a habit of pie in sky stuff when it comes to new interfaces.

  19. dougman wrote, “Touch surfaces don’t want to be vertical.”

    Good point. Further, the transition from keyboard to screen and back is much more stressful than a transition from keyboard/mouse and back because there is little or no lifting. I taught typing for years and wasted motions are a big “no no”. Further, hands get in the way of what you want to see on the screen of a PC often enough.

  20. dougman says:

    Windows 8 is a joke and is inferior.

    GO ahead and buy a fisher-price operating system, Linux is far superior and ubiquitous in all markets.

    Also, no one uses a touch screen on a laptop/desktop, go ahead and try and you’ll end up with carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and other repetitive stress injuries.

    Yes it is a feature, but not very usable. Apple’s Steve Jobs – not usually one to dismiss a pretty gadget on the grounds of uselessness – once said he’d never launch a touchscreen laptop because of what he called “gorilla arm”.

    “We’ve done tons of user testing on this,” he said back in 2010, “and it turns out it doesn’t work. Touch surfaces don’t want to be vertical. It gives great demo, but after a short period of time you start to fatigue, and after an extended period of time, your arm wants to fall off.”

    Studies have shown that users of touchscreens report a “significant increase of discomfort in the shoulder, neck and fingers; and that the electric signals from shoulder muscles tell the same story.

    “We concluded that the more frequent use of their hands and fingers in unsupported – arms were off the chair armrests – and stretched arm postures, which was necessary to perform touch gestures on the display, could be the main cause of their greater body discomforts,” says Gwanseob Shin of the Urban National Institute of Science and Technology in Korea.

  21. DrLoser says:

    I would get a HP Chromebook 14 ($299) and pop your preferred GNU/Linux distro on it.

    Indeed so? As with most people on this site, I notice a certain passive resistance to honest action. Try this:

    I am definitely going to get a HP Chromebook 14 ($299) and pop your preferred GNU/Linux distro on it.

    I believe that, technically speaking, this is going to be far harder than you think it will be.

    Hey, prove me wrong. Buy one. Try it! Trumpet Gnu/Linux!

    Ain’t gonna happen, is it?

  22. YesMan says:

    I would get a HP Chromebook 14 ($299) and pop your preferred GNU/Linux distro on it.

  23. bw says:

    How many did you order?

  24. DrLoser says:

    $419 CAD?
    Nice try, How about the Acer Windows touch-screen with Windows 8? Only $10 CAD more.

    Personally I wouldn’t touch either of them. But, what’s this?

    $469.98 CAD after rebate. I’m just salivating as to what I would do with that extra $50 CAD.

    Heck, maybe I’d hire me a college grad to build me a decent set of Web/GUI bindings for my Pascal program.

    Or then again I’d probably just go down the pub and buy my mates a drink. Try it, Robert. You’ll be surprisingly popular.

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