RALEIGH — The Fedora Project and Slimbook have teamed up to deliver the Fedora Slimbook, a sleek and powerful ultrabook that is tailor-made for Linux enthusiasts. Slimbook, known for its dedication to quality and support for the Linux community, has combined its stylish design with Fedora’s cutting-edge software to create a laptop like no other.
According to Matthew Miller, the Fedora Project Leader, Manager and Distinguished Engineer at Red Hat, Slimbook – which is based in Spain – initiated the project.
“They’ve been offering a Fedora Linux option for several years, and wanted to create hardware that would feel more specialized to Fedora.”
Indeed, the Fedora Slimbook comes with impressive features, including a 16″ 3K display, an Intel Core i7 processor, and up to 64GB of RAM. It also boasts a long-lasting battery and weighs only 1.5 kg (3.3lbs), making it friendly for those on the go.
Miller did confirmed there are no plans for a smaller, 14″ version, at least not at the moment. “But,” he added, “we’ll see!”
Fedora Slimbook Specs
- 16” 16:10 sRGB 99%
- 3K display 90Hz
- Intel® Core™ i7-12700H 20 threads
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
- Up to 64GB RAM
- Up to 4TB Nvme SSD
- 82WH battery
- 1.5 kg weight
- Cost: 1799,00 € (~$1,895)
What sets the Fedora Slimbook apart is its pre-installed Fedora software, which means users gets a seamless experience right out of the box.
“Installing Linux distributions can be a daunting task and can stand in the way of individuals adopting open source software,” said Miller in the initial press release. “Red Hat is excited to see open source communities and hardware vendors working together to make open source software more accessible.”
Miller was quick to note that Red Hat does not receive any direct profit from anything related to Fedora – including this partnership.
Instead, in a nod to the importance of open source, Slimbook will be donating 3% of the revenue from each Fedora Slimbook sale to the GNOME Foundation. [“The GNOME Foundation is a non-profit organization that believes in a world where everyone is empowered by technology they can trust. We do this by building a diverse and sustainable free software personal computing ecosystem,” it says. From TechTarget: “GNU Network Object Model Environment, pronounced gah-NOHM) is a graphical user interface (GUI) and set of computer desktop applications for users of the Linux operating system.”]
The Fedora Project is a global open-source community supported by Raleigh’s own Red Hat. Started in 2002, the Fedora Project provides upstream or cutting edge source for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), and also the open-source CentOS Stream.
As for future Fedora partnerships, Miller confessed that others might be to come.
“We’re talking with some others and are excited about the possibilities. We have relationships with a number of hardware manufacturers whose products would play nicely with Fedora. I think they would all serve different potential Fedora users, and I’d love to keep expanding until there’s an option that’s right for everyone.”