Make Your Own Miniature Linux Laptop For Around $100 

While you can install Linux on just about anything, old tablets are probably the cheapest way to do it. Case in point, Node put together a guide that repurposes a Nexus 7 tablet and converts it into a micro-sized laptop.

The process here uses an old Nexus 7 tablet, a 18cm keyboard case, a USB port, a USB plug and some thin plastic or cardboard. You’ll start by getting Ubuntu installed on the Nexus, then just combine everything else together into a case to resemble a laptop. It’s a clever little repurposing effort for an old tablet, and after you get used to the tiny keyboard, it looks pretty darn usable. Head over to Node for the full guide.

How to Create the DIY $100 Mini Ubuntu Laptop [Node]

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  • Cheapest I can find the parts is $150-$200. I can buy an old MacBook Pro for $250, so I think I’ll pass on this. Cool idea if you already own a Nexus7 though.

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