Many Linux lovers view this operating system as desktop only, but you might be limiting yourself if you haven’t tried to install it on anything else. There are dozens of device types that are compatible with Linux, many of which you can purchase cheaply and some of which you might even have lying around.
The following are just a few devices on which you can install Linux:
Non-Android Smartphone or Tablet
Remember when many techies purchased the original Kindle Fire from Amazon simply so that they could load stock Android or Linux on it? At less than $200, the Amazon Fire was among the cheapest tablets on the market. Used tablets and phones are also a steal on eBay!
A similar line of thinking is useful when it comes to Linux on tablets. You’ll specifically want a non-Android device such as HP’s Touchpad, which will allow you to install Linux. In fact, this tablet is compatible with Ubuntu.
There are many compatible devices with Linux but finding the right one for you may take time and research. Surf the internet or ask an expert in the IT field for feedback on a device before purchasing. PCMag.com, PCWorld.com, and thetechinfogroup.com are a few online resources that can help you determine which device is best for you.Raspberry Pi
With the newest Raspberry Pi, you’ll have onboard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for just under $40. Raspberry Pi 3 also includes increased power, so you can connect more things to the device’s four USB ports. Plus, you can find Linux distros specifically for the device — Raspbian is one. Of course, you can feel free to install Linux on your original Raspberry Pi; you just might need to buy more hardware and do a bit more work to get it to do what you want.
Raspberry Pi is popular as a media center because it’s so cheap and accessible; although, there might be a waiting list for the Raspberry Pi 3 since it was just announced. You’ll also find plenty of project ideas on the Web if you’re stumped at what this awesome little computer can do once you install Linux on it!
Windows Laptops, Notebooks, and Tablets
A lot of people continue to use their older devices after installing Linux, and it’s become easier than ever to install Linux to a tablet or even a Chromebook thanks to hardware manufacturers stepping up their driver game. You can dual boot both Linux or Windows or you can just install Linux to see how it performs, get used to the operating system and flex your skills at installing it.
One note about Windows tablets, however. If the processor runs on ARM architecture, it’s not yet possible to install Linux. It’s x86 types processors that are required to install Linux on a tablet. Some of the tablets that have the right processor include Microsoft’s Surface Pro and the Acer Iconia W700 series.
Although you can’t install Linux on everything, you can certainly install it on a variety of devices.