Linux Laptops Rank Well in Amazon Bestseller List (in Germany)
So don’t start squeeing yet, Linux lovers: a list on Amazon Germany (amazon.de) 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 linuxtech.net 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?