Lenovo's N20 series Chromebooks

Linux FTW: Lenovo launches two Chromebooks

The world’s leading PC maker Lenovo has also joined the Linux band-wagon and launched its first Linux-powered Chromebook for consumers space – earlier Lenovo offered Chromebooks for education. Lenovo has announced two Chromebooks – N20 and N20p. While both Chromebooks are identical, N20p offers a touchscreen display and its keyboard can flex 300° backward to convert from Laptop mode to Stand mode. So users can use the 10-finger touchscreen to consume content. It’s definitely a great device for both content consumption as well as content creation.

“Our first consumer Chromebooks perfectly complement people’s changing mobile digital lifestyles,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, worldwide marketing and design, PC Group, Lenovo. “Equipped with thousands of apps, the N20 and N20p Chromebooks are also fast, secure and incredibly simple for anyone to use and manage. With touch and two unique modes on the N20p Chromebook, users are getting a great technology experience at a handsome price.”

Sorry Rick Harrison, it works offline

Despite Microsoft utterly incorrect Pawn Star ad, Chromebooks do work well even when there is no Internet connectivity. Google has been working hard on making more and more Chrome OS apps available offline and a majority of its apps will work fine even when you are not connected which includes Google Drive as well as Gmail.

Lenovo took special care of dealing with this misinformation in their press material and stated clearly, “Users can work on their N20 Chromebook and N20p Chromebook offline writing email on Gmail and creating documents with Google Docs.”

Since a lot of people still use Microsoft Word and Excel, Lenovo also highlighted that these users will be able to work with Chromebooks flawlessly, “To facilitate working with other people and devices, the Chromebooks allow for opening, editing and sharing Microsoft Word and Excel files.”

Hardware Specs

  • Both Chromebooks share the same hardware except for the flexible N20p
  • Display: 11.6-inch (1366×768)
  • CPU: Intel Celeron
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB + Google Drive
  • Battery: 8 hours
  • Price: N20 is available for $279 and N20p is available for $329.

Chrombooks – good news for Linux

The growth or Chromebooks is good news for GNU/Linux as after Android it will soon become a dominant platform. However, I do hope that Google will continue to make Chrome OS and Chromebooks more open – in terms of hardware as well as software.

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Even if you don’t want to use Chrome OS, you can easily install any GNU/Linux OS of your choice.

So, stop paying Windows tax and start buying Chromebooks!

About Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

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