Linux preinstalled

This page lists several PC manufacturers and computers that you can purchase with a Linux distro preinstalled. In recent years more and more small manufacturers have come into existence to offer Linux to their customers out-of-the-box. Others give buyers a choice between Windows and Linux.

Most of the laptops cost more than $1,000, but several of the manufactures make them well under this price point. All but one of the below companies makes a laptop.

This list is not necessarily exhaustive. There may be other manufacturers who are developing computers with Linux distros preinstalled. Currently, Lenovo is excluded because they have not yet released desktops and laptops with Fedora. They also plan to certify all their laptops and desktops for Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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The Pine 64 Pinebook Pro will be shipped with Manjaro KDE. While most of the manufacturers ship their products with Ubuntu, Manjaro also is an option for many models.

Dell (Select XPS and Precision models)

Currently Dell is the only major PC manufacturer to ship models with a Linux distro preinstalled. The XPS 13 and several models of its Precision laptop and desktop workstations come with Ubuntu 18.04. All of them are certified for Red Hat 8.0.

These are Dell’s professional-grade computers. The starting price for all the models with Ubuntu is more than $1,000.

  • Types of computers:
    • Laptops
    • Desktops
  • Operating systems:
    • Ubuntu 18.04
    • (Certified for Red Hat 8.0)

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Click here to see these models on Dell’s Website.

Juno Computers

The United Kingdom-based company also has a facility in New Jersey where they assemble desktops, laptops, and minis. All the computers come with Ubuntu 20.04 pre-installed. Buyers also can choose to have their laptops shipped without an operating system.

One of its laptops, Nyx v2, costs less than $1,000, even after it is upgraded to an i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1 TB hard drive. This makes it one of the most affordable 14-inch laptops with a Linux distro preinstalled. All of the computers cost less than $1,500, even after being upgraded to the fullest extent.

Buyers can choose from several different keyboard layouts for the laptops.

  • Types of computers:
    • Laptops
    • Minis
    • Desktops
  • Operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04

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Click here to visit Juno’s Website

Pine 64

The company develops 64-bit Arm processors for developers, as well as end users. It develops its hardware in an open community and requests that end-users give feedback to developers.

Currently, there is a laptop, tablet, and phone for sale. Manjaro is the operating system on the laptop. Ubuntu Touch is preinstalled on the phone and tablet. There is also several single-board computers that do not come preinstalled with an operating system. A smartwatch is also in the works.

All the devices cost less than $200.

  • Types of computers:
    • laptops
    • single-board computers
    • tablet
    • phone
  • Operating systems:
    • Manjaro
    • UBports OS (Ubuntu Touch)
    • others

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Click here to visit Pine 64’s Website

Puget Systems

This company is different from the others listed on this page. It does not make laptops, only desktops and servers. The PCs are primarily built for Windows users.

However, Linux fans can select to have their machines shipped with Ubuntu, CentOS 7, or Linux Mint instead. All the computers have Ubuntu and Linux Mint as an options. CentOS is added to the servers as an option.

The company focuses on building machines for content creation, engineering, and data science.

  • Types of computers:
    • Desktop
    • Minis
    • Servers
  • Operating systems:
    • Ubuntu
    • Linux Mint 19
    • CentOS 7

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Click here to visit Puget Systems’ Website.

Purism

The company is best known for its concern for privacy, data ownership and a phone that was built around these values. It also offers a pair of laptops and a mini PC. Their computers have physical switches to turn the microphone, camera, bluetooth, and wireless card on and off.

All of them run a unique distro created by the company, PureOS. It does not offer the option to preinstall other distros. Like the computers it was designed for, it promises to be more secure and private than other distros. It also does not contain any non-free software or drivers.

  • Types of computers:
    • Phone
    • Laptop
    • Mini
  • Operating systems:
    • PureOS

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Click here to visit Purism’s Website

Slimbook

The company based in Spain makes laptops, a desktop, mini, and an all-in-one computer. The computers can come preinstalled with Linux, Windows, or both. The computers also can be shipped without an operating system. Not every computer has Windows as an option.

Buyers can choose from several different distros. Several of the computers start well below $1,000.

  • Types of computers:
    • Desktop
    • Laptop
    • Mini
    • All-in-one
  • Operating systems:
    • Ubuntu
    • Kubuntu
    • Ubuntu MATE
    • Debian
    • elementary OS
    • Linux Mint
    • Manjaro
    • Zorin OS
    • other distros
    • Windows

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Click here to visit Slimbook’s Website

Star Labs

The company based in the United Kingdom takes a different approach than many of the other manufacturers on this page. It’s two laptops are small, highly portable machines . The Star Lite Mk III and Star LapTop Mk IV are the two laptops.

Buyers have a choice among six popular distros. Others have also been tested.

Both of the cost much than $1,000. It is also the only computers that come with Zorin 15.2 Ultimate pre-installed.

  • Types of computers:
    • Laptops
  • Operating systems:
    • Ubuntu 20.04
    • Zorin OS Ultimate 15.2
    • Zorin OS Core 15.2
    • Elementary 5.1
    • Linux Mint 19.3
    • Manjaro 20

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Click here to visit the Star Labs Website.

System76

This is probably the most popular company to offer Linux to customers. It offers laptops, standard desktops, mini computers, and servers. When ordering, buyers have a choice between Ubuntu or the Ubuntu-based Pop_os!

The company is known for its lifetime customer support. It also is

  • Types of computers:
    • laptops
    • desktops
    • servers
    • minis
  • Operating systems:
    • pop_os!
    • Ubuntu

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Click here to see System76’s computers

Think Penguin

In 2008 Christopher Waid launched this company to give better support for free software. It has two desktop models and three laptops, as well as other peripherals and accessories.

All of its computers start at less than $1,000. The customer also can choose from several different operating systems. There is a list of recommended distros for each computer. The buyer can choose any operating system by typing it in the “Distribution to Install” textbox when ordering.

Elementary OS fans will be pleased to know that version 5.0 and later are supported on the Penguin T2 and the Penguin Mini B Edition, and the operating systems can be preinstalled on them.

  • Types of computers:
    • Laptops
    • Desktops
  • Operating systems:
    • Ubunutu
    • Fedora
    • elementary
    • many others

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Click here to visit Think Penguin’s Website.

Tuxedo Computers

The German company makes high-powered computers that come preinstalled with some of the more popular distros, as well as its own distro based on Ubuntu. The company ffers a standard 2-year warranty on its computers, but buyers can choose up to 5 years when they order. They also have the option of choosing from several different keyboard layouts.

There also is a choice, for several of the models, to have Windows 10 Home or Pro preinstalled. It can either run alongside a Linux distro, or it can be run on a virtual machine.

  • Types of computers:
    • Laptops
    • Desktops
    • Minis
  • Operating systems:
    • Ubuntu 18.04
    • Tuxedo 18.04
    • openSUSE 15.1
    • Manjaro

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Click here to visit Tuxedo Computer’s Website.

ZaReason

Started in 2007, the first sale was to a chemistry PhD. Now the company, based in Michigan, makes computers for individuals, different companies and government agencies, and it allows them to choose from different Linux distros from a list when ordering. They also can request one not on the list to be preinstalled, or the computer can be shipped without an operating system. Laptops, desktops, servers, peripherals and Linux gear are available.

The operating systems in the list represent several different user interfaces common to Linux: Gnome, Cinnamon, Xfce, and KDE.

  • Types of computers:
    • Laptops
    • Desktops
    • Servers
  • Operating systems:
    • Ubuntu 20.04, 19.10
    • Linux Mint 19.3 Cinnamon
    • Manjaro XFCE 20.01
    • OpenSUSE Leap 15.1
    • Debian 10
    • Fedora 32
    • Kubuntu 20.04

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Click here to see ZaReason’s Website.

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