I'm looking to purchase a netbook to use for university (note taking, pdf editing, LaTeX, browsing) so looking for something around the AUD$500 mark. Can anyone recommend any netbooks that they have been able to run linux on without any real issue around this price point? Only real requirements are that it's portable (10-13") and has 4GB of RAM (2GB would probably do it but i'd rather have the 4GB)- I don't need a 2-in-1 touchscreen deal (although it seems most of these netbooks have touchscreens now).
I know the Dell XPS13 is a good machine to run Linux on, however, I don't really want to go paying AUD$1800 to muck around with pdf documents and browse the net...
Thanks for your help
Edit: I just got back from a few stores where I tried to boot Ubunutu 14.04 LTS x64 on the Acer R11, HP x360-11 and Lenovo yoga 300 without any success. After disabling UEFI, I could get the normal install/try ubuntu screen but when booting, I would get the error Error: [0.000000] tsc: Fast TSC calibration failed and sometimes a second error about hardware on every machine. The boot would then just hang... I'm guessing this may have something to do with the touchscreen.
Thanks- I was thinking along those lines but will have to look at the second hand market. I don't think I really need i5 level power thoough. I'm using an old lenovo 10" ideapad (circa 2011) with only a single core intel Atom processor and although a bit slow, it still does what I need. I think the new celeron n3050 would be more than adequate and would bring price down a lot- I'm really just looking for a long battery life and a newer machine that will run a bit quicker than this old POS (ideapad S10-3) lol.