back to article Xiaomi preps Linux laptops for the post Christmas sales rush

Pumped up by a (claimed) $1bn in profit in 2015, Chinese phone-maker Xiaomi will start selling Linux laptops early next year, according to a report. DigiTimes suggests that two models will be built by contract manufacturers, Inventec and Compal, and feature 12.5 inch and 13.3 inch displays. According to the trade paper, …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    This could be quite timely and appealing.

    Specs, anyone?

  2. Dave 126 Silver badge

    Xiaomi are now a shareholder in Segway, and it looks like a smaller and far cheaper Segway might be coming to Europe:

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up

    Hope they're built around a decent AMD APU part... could be very tempting if the price is right.

  4. Mikel


    There, that's out of the way.

    1. Stuart 22

      Re: YOTLD

      Don't get too excited. The original report suggests about 250,000 units for the 12.5-inch model and 500,000 units for the 13.3-inch. Those could all disappear within its own China market without troubling the rest of the galaxy. Especially if you are lookng at the costs of internationalisation and certification.

      I fear we may have to wait until Xiaomi has cracked their own market and gotten themselves a more memorable brand name before we see 'em over here in serious numbers.

      1. Message From A Self-Destructing Turnip

        Re: YOTLD

        But its a laptop?

  5. Jim 59

    Er, will they be on sale in the UK?

    1. Andy Non Silver badge

      "will they be on sale in the UK?"

      Probably, but you may need to go through another company. I've just bought a Linux Desktop computer via directly from a small manufacturer in China (Eggsnow). It came with Ubuntu pre-installed but I put Linux Mint 17.2 on it. Works great. Hight spec solid state drive and reasonably priced too.

      1. uncredited

        Would you mind posting a link to that computer? I've been looking for a decent laptop to run Linux (Fedora in my case) and so far I've not found many that are interesting.

        1. Andy Non Silver badge

          @uncredited, here is the link to the one I bought, but it is a desktop, not a laptop.

      2. Jim 59


        I am also a Mint 17.2 user. To whom it may concern: it runs fine on my MXI cx61 laptop. Except that the wireless was poor. To fix that I bought one of these mini dongles

        which was also poor until I followed the procedure on the following page

        Rock solid now.

        Regarding eggsnow, they have some good stuff. I am tempted by their mini, fanless servers.

  6. Anonymous Coward


    If handled right this could introduce greater competition in the OS market.

    One major obstacle, vendor crap-ware.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Portent

      Xiaomi phones have customer service that make Apple look crap.

      If they do this right (assuming there is any market for laptops anymore) it could be nice

      1. Quortney Fortensplibe

        Re: Portent

        "...Xiaomi phones have customer service that make Apple look crap..."

        Apple customer service is crap.

  7. Stuart 22


    Good that HP's hegemony with Ubunti 12.04 is at last about to be challenged. But with what - and what's the point with a market that makes herding cats look too easy?

    Just a basic boot allowing you to download/install the distro of your choice would be very nice.

  8. mythicalduck

    I'm interested

    A 12.5" Linux laptop sounds quite nice to me, look forward to seeing the other specs - and whether it'll actually be available to buy anywhere

  9. David Pollard

    Gimme, gimme

    Where, please, can I lay my hands in one of these? Can I have one and review it for El Reg?

  10. Anonymous IV

    At last!

    The "Christmas of Linux"...!

  11. Anonymous Coward

    Yes please

    Whether this or any other brand, I'm really interested in the availability of new equipment that either isn't tainted with Windows 10 or is otherwise guaranteed to take most Linux distros without fuss. My current 5-year-old laptop should last another 5 years at least, but I'd rather put it onto lighter duties and take on something new and Microsoft free.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Yes please

      GNU/Linux laptops and servers with libreboot preinstalled:

      I don't know anything more about them that what's there, but they sound fairly taint-free.

      Unfortunately, they seem to be "Out of stock".

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Yes please

        @AC Thanks for the link. I half remember reading an article on this a while back. I forgot where it was, but I did pick up on Trisquel GNU/Linux. Its website is a good place to start when looking for hardware. The minifree site seems to be dormant, but still useful, though.

        @Chemist I didn't get any clear hits on your reference. Can you be more specific?

        1. Chemist

          Re: Yes please

          My fault, sorry, I meant pcspecialist

          They have several type of laptop & desktop which can be customized by drop down menus including OS (WIndows 10, 8.1 and no OS)

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Yes please

            Ah thanks. I'll have a peek.

    2. Chemist

      Re: Yes please

      "Whether this or any other brand, I'm really interested in the availability of new equipment that either isn't tainted with Windows 10 "

      In UK google "pc components" - they have a Linux forum too.

  12. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken


    this year = year of the linux desktop,

    next year = year of the linux laptop?

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This is excellent news.

    I would love to see greater public uptake of Linux. I do think it's too bad this seems to necessarily come from China, nothing against the Chinese people or government (in this case). It is almost like capitalism and innovation work best with governmental support, as I expect one might find that any or all of these tech giants have governmental support at some level. It's not only cheap labour that enables low prices. One might call this Social Democracy if not for the lack of the latter in China, and possibly everywhere else to be fair.

    The long term thinking afforded to Chinese corporations, of which NA and European corporations no longer appear able, will bury our/those corporations over time. Corporate and political greed in NA and Europe have created this situation and we, the citizenry, will pay for this with a decreased standard of living. Is it pitchfork time, yet?

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