There is nothing to indicate that the United States will ease trade restrictions imposed on Huawei in the short or medium term. Whether for this reason or not, the fact is that, in the Chinese market, the company already sells laptops in the line MateBook with the Linux distributionDeepin in place of Windows.
For now, there are three notebook models: MateBook 13, MateBook 14 and MateBook X Pro. The latter is the most advanced. Its simplest configuration includes a 13.9-inch screen with a resolution of 3000 × 2000 pixels, an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD.
All of them are for sale in the online store Vmall. It is not clear whether the decision to launch these models with Linux is based on the United States embargo, not least because, on the website, it is possible to find versions of the same laptops with Windows 10 – all of them were announced before the American sanctions, therefore, still supported by Microsoft.
One possibility is that Huawei is simply testing the acceptance that its notebooks will have if they come with Linux. The price can help a little in this respect: MateBook 13 and MateBook 14 with Deepin are the equivalent of $ 42 cheaper than Windows versions. On MateBook X Pro, that difference is $ 84.
Deepin himself can also help. This distribution is Chinese, but is based on Debian and, in general, is highly praised for bringing a beautiful and functional interface.
You will find in Deepin, for example, the Cloud Sync function, which synchronizes the system settings (such as Wi-Fi passwords, wallpaper and energy saving mode) with the clouds. This feature is useful for getting your system up and running quickly in a new installation, for example.
The distribution can be downloaded from the website deepin.org, for those who are curious.
Whether this is an acceptance test or not, what is certain is that American sanctions already affect Huawei’s operations. The company even canceled the launch of a MateBook because it was unable to do business with Microsoft.
But the test of fire comes next week: Huawei is expected to launch Mate 30 with Android, but without the Google ecosystem. The reasons are already obvious.
With information: Forbes.