SOL, The Linux Solar Powered Laptop!


“The world’s first truly solar-powered laptop. It never needs to be plugged in.”



Back in about 1984/85 a friend of mine brought a new calculator to school. Not an unusual sight in a classroom but for us kids, this fascinating piece of tech was worth studying in the play ground. This particular calculator was a solar powered calculator and to us it was one of the coolest things we’d seen, the height of technology and the future of devices or so we thought. Unfortunately our dreams of solar powered everything have still not come to pass, at least not yet.

Very soon though we might just be one step closer. You see in the not to distant future, ‘SOL‘ is going the be released. SOL is a Solar powered laptop running Linux, Ubuntu to be precise but if it runs Ubuntu it will run whatever distribution you choose to put on it, that’s personal choice. SOL is not only solar powered though, it is also built for the outdoor adventuring types among us, whether you’re camping out for the weekend or heading off to photograph the majesty of the African planes, SOL is the laptop for you.

Take it wherever life takes you
With a rugged design, durability and a solar array that allows you to work wherever you are, you can take SOL with you to the most remote places on earth. Work anywhere or simply enjoy an adventure while still being connected.


SOL comes loaded with all the productivity and creativity tools you need. You don’t need to purchase any more software to get started. There are thousands of free apps available online With UBUNTU, the world’s increasingly popular and powerful operating system, you’ll be able to get ahead of the curve in no time. Ubuntu was chosen not only because Linux is the most powerful operating system out there but also because we have our user’s future in mind. Linux and Unix professionals are in high demand. While Ubuntu makes it easy for even a novice user to operate, power users will be able to unlock a whole new world of opportunities, and discover many doors open when they master Linux. SOL is a path to not only a cleaner, but a better tomorrow.

The Specs



  • CPU: Intel Atom D2500 1.86 GHz Duo Core, Intel 945GSE + ICH7M
  • HDD: Seagate 2.5” SATA HDD 320GB
  • RAM: Kingston 2-4GB DDRIII SDRAM (Options Available)
  • Graphics: 1080p HD Vide, Built-In Intel GMA3600 Graphics
  • Battery Operating Time: 8 – 10 hours
  • Weight: 5.02 lbs


  • Display: 13.3″ LCD, WXGA, 1366 x 768
  • Camera: 3MP
  • Audio: Realtek ALC661 HD Audio, Built-in 2 Speakers | Internal mic + 1/8” input
  • 3 USB2.0, Headphone jack, HDMI, LAN(10/100), Card reader (SD/MS/MMC)


  • Modem: 3G/4G World/multimode LTE
  • GPS: gpsOne Gen8A
  • WiFi: MIMO 802.11b/gn (2.4/5GHz)
  • Bluetooth: Integrat

On closer inspection the Atom D2500 doesn’t appear to be very powerful or exciting but three things are important here:

  1. It’s going to be running Linux and not Windows and as I’ve seen myself on a Netbook, Linux out performs windows by a mile even with an Atom processor.
  2. The Atom D2500 is enough power to get the job done when you’re out in the field and need a computer for backing up work and also one that you know isn’t going to break if it gets dropped or a bit wet.
  3. With a price point from between $350 – $400 you really can’t go wrong.

These three reasons alone are enough to at least check out the SOL. David Snir, one of the developers of the laptop on a recent Google Plus post, indicated that the release will be sometime in December 2013. He also showed off a decent choice of colors for the SOL.

We’re getting closer to the worldwide release (December 2013) – Have a look at the different colors Sol will come in. Which one is your favorite?


Now obviously you’re not going to be playing the latest high resolution 3D games on an Atom processor but nor would you want to while out adventuring. However, light games are still games, and Linux has plenty of choice of any number of card games, Super Tux and numerous others to see you through an evening in the outback or while taking a break from hiking up a mountain. And the great thing about these game is that they are free and open source so no worrying about piracy or other such nonsense, just install and off you go.


The SOL is a very cool little device with a great concept behind it. It has the ruggedness you need for outdoor work with the styling of an ASUS Republic of Gamer’s laptop, it’s also a green machine that’s off the grid and self powering, and you get all that for between $350 and $400. I’ve waited a very long time to see a device like this come to market and I wish David Snir and the rest of the SOL team the very best of luck with the project. I look forward to the official release in December with much anticipation and excitement.





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Author: Kereltis View all posts by
Linux advocate, born in Liverpool, grew up in Cork City Ireland and currently living in Corvallis, Oregon. I love all things Linux, my favorite distro being Ubuntu followed closely by Kubuntu and Linux Mint (Cinnamon and KDE). As far as I'm concerned Linux is the future of gaming. Lets make the world as open and transparent as we can!

2 Comments on "SOL, The Linux Solar Powered Laptop!"

  1. Bas September 17, 2013 at 10:40 -

    I like the concept. Solar power will improve. Saw this: Battery Operating Time: 8 – 10 hours. Couldnt really figur out if it’s a solar power loading station or an onboard sort of a solar dock station.
    Anyways, welcome to the future, the future is now.

  2. dunix September 17, 2013 at 12:09 -

    Very impressive concept – curious how it plays out when you use a system like this every day.

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