BQ recently launched its Ubuntu global store, which sells and ships the Aquaris E5 HD and Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu smartphones to countries like South Africa.
While you are required to pay in Euros, no shipping fees or taxes are levied at checkout. You must just pay the relevant duties and taxes over to SARS when the device lands in South Africa.
The HP Probook 455 G2 with Ubuntu is very affordable, but even without the expense of Windows it feels a little cheap and lacks polish in various places from the hardware to Ubuntu itself. It’s by no means bad, but unless you specifically need Linux then a good Chromebook would be a better value and better designed Windows alternative – as long as you’re happy to work exclusively in the cloud.
You might not think that ‘Linux’ and ‘mainframe’ belong in the same sentence, but IBM has been putting various flavors of Linux on its mainframe computers for 15 years. Today IBM and Canonical announced that the two companies were teaming up to build one running Ubuntu Linux. The new unit is called the LinuxOne.