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Linux Laptops Rank Well in Amazon Bestseller List (in Germany)

July 24, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Laptops

So don’t start squeeing yet, Linux lovers: a list on Amazon Germany ( is hardly a sign of widespread adoption of the “alternative” OS, especially since the German market isn’t visible for the US-centric English-writing tech media.


It’s still worth scoping out both stellar performers. The 400 euro (around $568) ASUS X5DIJ-SX018L (second) features a 250GB hard disk, 2GB of RAM, a 2GHz Pentium Dual-Core CPU, and a 15.6″ screen. The 300 euro ($426) Acer 5235-571G16N (fourth) holds its own with a Celeron M575, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and a 15.4″ display.

Both laptops use the Intel GMA 4500 graphics platform, ensuring attempts at quality gaming will be torturous at best. The ranking discussed in detail over at may no longer be current as of this writing, given that Amazon bestsellers swap or lose places like track and field athletes vying for the lead at the start of the race. It’s clear though that the lack of a proprietary OS affects pricing.

Ultimately, the list potentially provides insight into the German (or Linux) consumer psyche. They seem more about performance, and don’t mind totally unimaginative product naming, no?

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One Response to “Linux Laptops Rank Well in Amazon Bestseller List (in Germany)”
  1. pEt3r says:

    Well, its obvious that a system that has linux on it, will cost less.
    And I’ve done some research and the Asus-X5DIJ comes out as best bang for buck… so I think that’s the main reason why its so high on the rankings :P

    Most users who buy it, will most likely get a M$ version on it.

    My $0.02

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