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Linux Lord may adopt Chromebook Pixel as main machine ... after proper Linux install

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Linux Lord Linus Torvalds is thinking about making Google's Chromebook Pixel his main computer – once he installs a proper Linux distribution on the machine, that is.

Posting on Google+, Torvalds lauded Google's newest creation, writing "... the screen really is that nice" [his emphasis] and that "I think I can lug around this 1.5kg monster despite feeling fairly strongly that a laptop should weigh 1kg or less."

He even thinks the 12.85-inch, 2560-by-1700, 239 pixels-per-inch display and its a 3:2 aspect ratio is so good that it puts the efforts of all other laptop-makers to shame, offering the following opinion on the current laptop computer market:

One thing that the Chromebook Pixel really brings home is how crap normal laptops have become. Why do PC manufacturers even bother any more? No wonder the PC business isn't doing well, when they stick to just churning out more crappy stuff and think that "full HD" (aka 1080p) is somehow the epitome of greatness.

Torvalds doesn't think Google's computer is perfect; he wants more than Chrome OS because "For a laptop to be useful to me, I need to not just read and write email, I need to be able to do compiles, have my own git repositories etc.."

A full Linux install is therefore on the horizon, although Torvalds hasn't said which distribution or desktop he favours on this occasion (although he has recently said he's using Gnome again). With the Pixel packing a Core i5, he's got lots of choices when he decides to make the jump. ®

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