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Asus N10E


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For full specifications see the Asus N10E specifications page.

NameAsus N10E
ProcessorIntel® Atom® Processor N270 : 1.6 GHz 533 MHz, On-Die 512K Cache
Screen10.2” WSVGA Widescreen
RAMUp to 2GB
HDD160GB to
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel® GMA 950
Network10/100 Ethernet
Integrated 802.11a/b/g/n or 802.11b/g

Linux Compatibility

SoundYesMay require tweak
WirelessYesMay require tweak
ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotYes
WebcamYesRequires patch to flip image


Full directions for installing Ubuntu and Debian here:

Boot up time is exactly 50 seconds before I see the crunchbang linux logo in openbox. Which is a little below average for netbooks.

Wireless Card:
Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
Not sure if they all come with Atheros, I know it's a good brand, but I have read this model does not support packet injection.
Has poor reception, standing 1 meter away from my cheap wireless router only gives me ~81% reception. It also has dropouts, sometimes can't connect for a while.
my card 300 kb/s against Inspiration 1520 1.5mb/s

Everything worked straight out of the box with crunchbang, I was very impressed with openbox (I've never used it before), it has everything you need already set up for you (a balanced conky on the desktop, shortcut keys to open all the stuff most linux users do, a right click menu that lets you get to every customisation menu, too many more to list) it's now my favourite WM after wmii, if it was a dynamic window manager like wmii it would be perfect.

Can be 3 cell or 6 cell, make sure you get the 6, unless you do what I did and buy a 9 cell on ebay for $50.

Feels like home, has some intuitive fn keys placement. Touch pad scroller keeps getting hit accidentally by my right thumb.

All works. Plugging into the jack automatically uses it instead of the speaker, alltough headphones are pretty quiet, full volume will always be used.


On newer distros everything should work out of the box. If not, see the howto linked above. The webcam requires a patch to flip the image, since it is upside-down by default.


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Julie, 2013/11/01 11:27

Glad that i have found you people. I was about to buy a laptop and was confused as to which will satisfy my needs and demands. Few of them Vaio but its expense was beyond my budget. When I landed on your page and read about ASUS laptop which runs on Linux.

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