Huawei latest MateBook Sleek Laptops Shipping Without Windows 10 Could Be Good For The Linux Community

Huawei has reportedly begun to sell its sleek MateBook Series laptops without the standard pre-installed Windows 10 operating system. Interestingly, this might not be a bad option as the Huawei MateBook 13, MateBook 14, and MateBook X Pro will now come with a popular Linux Distribution installed on them. The Huawei laptops are known for their elegant and sleek designs and pack some powerful hardware. They are premium and lightweight machines which command a lofty price tag.

The ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China has been particularly damaging to Huawei. Although several countries have agreed to review and incorporate Huawei’s technology in the rapidly deploying 5G networks, the U.S. has been bearing down on the Chinese telecommunications, networking, and electronic equipment giant. The most recent casualty of the ongoing intercontinental tussle has been the top-end, premium Huawei smartphones which will ship without official Google Services. Now the company is reportedly begun to sell its premium, lightweight and powerful laptops without Microsoft Windows 10 OS preinstalled on them. As a viable alternative, Huawei has begun installing Deepin Linux, a highly popular distribution of Linux, on the MateBook Series laptops.

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Huawei has been receiving reprieves from the U.S. Government in the ongoing trade war. The company is currently only 30 days into a 90-day reprieve from the US Commerce Department’s ban which prevents U.S. companies from trading with the company. Although it is quite likely that the reprieve will receive extensions, there’s a high possibility that Huawei may not have access to Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows operating systems in the near future. Hence, the Chinese company appears to be exploring alternatives.

The Harmony OS could be an alternative to Google’s Android. However, Android is nowhere close to being a desktop OS replacement to Windows 10 OS. Hence, instead of opting for a Linux-based but smartphone-optimized operating system, Huawei has chosen a readymade OS for the desktop that’s largely open-source. Huawei has chosen Deepin Linux as the pre-installed operating system on its premium MateBook Series laptops.

The  Huawei MateBook 13, MateBook 14, and MateBook X Pro will have the latest and stable release of Deepin Linux preinstalled during shipment. The laptops are currently selling only in China, but Huawei does offer these powerful, portable computers in other regions. So far, most of the Huawei laptops have had Windows 10 as the default operating system. But that is no longer the situation.

Huawei MateBook Series Laptops To Have Deepin Linux And Relevant Free Productivity Software Preinstalled:

Deepin has frequently been called “the single most beautiful desktop on the market”. It has a very sleek interface that surprisingly but vaguely resembles Windows 10. One of its signature features is the Quick Settings toggle that pops up from the right side of the screen. Users can quickly switch on or off several frequently used settings. Moreover, the Deepin Distro ships with many open-source programs including a software suite of applications developed by Deepin Technology, as well as WPS Office and CodeWeavers’ CrossOver. There are some proprietary programs such as Google Chrome, Spotify and Steam too.

It is not immediately clear if Huawei would alter the Deepin Linux operating system for its MateBook Series laptops. However, it is quite likely that the company could install additional software to make the transition from Windows 10 to Deepin Linux on its MateBook laptops easier and simpler.

Huawei MateBook Laptops With Deepin Linux: Our Take:

Windows 10 OS is certainly not a bad operating system. Sure there are several weird bugs and issues, but Microsoft is usually quick to address them. However, Chinese companies, and especially Huawei, needs a concrete backup plan ready in case the U.S. Government arbitrarily restricts access to American technology.

A powerful, sleek, good-looking and efficient Linux distribution on a laptop with high-end specifications is a great combination. Linux distributions are known to work well on aging hardware. In this case, the Deepin Distro should work quite well and that too without any glitches on the latest hardware. The Linux community is quite dedicated and routinely offers updates. In fact, Deepin, just like many other Linux Distros, receives regular updates.

One of the most important aspects is the cost factor. Preinstalling Windows 10 OS costs Huawei and the end customers. Deepin is free to download, install and use, especially for personal use. This may significantly impact the final selling prices of the sleek and powerful Huawei MateBook laptops. Although it is yet to be confirmed, and unless Huawei has specifically installed blockades, dedicated Windows 10 OS users could also format their primary disk drive running the Linux OS and install a legitimate Windows OS copy on their Huawei MateBook Series laptops.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.

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