For years, many of us who wanted to run Linux on reasonably priced hardware had to buy systems with Windows already installed on it, and then wipe the system to put our chosen distro on it. While some manufacturers have offered systems with Linux, they tend to be higher end machines, with a matching higher end price tag. You also had the option to build your own system, but that was time consuming for a lot of us.
Earlier this year, Dell announced two laptop lines with a lower price tag, the Inspiron 14 inch 3400 Ubuntu Edition and Inspiron 15 inch 3500 Ubuntu Edition series. All of them come with a slightly modified Ubuntu 14.04 LTS operating system and with options for Intel Celeron or Pentium processors, 2 or 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive. All of the systems are very affordable at $225-$350 dollars.
UPDATE: After some research, I found that the Pentium processor in the 14 inch model does support up to 8GB of RAM. I swapped out the 4GB stick with an 8GB one I had from a ZBOX machine, and I am happy to report that it functions fine with 8GB!
With that information in hand, I ordered a 14 inch system with the Intel Pentium N3540 processor and 4 GB of RAM and received it just before the Independence Day holiday. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks poking and prodding it, and putting it through its paces.