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CNET News.com: Dell sells laptops with Linux

Feb 01, 2000, 17:03 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Dell now has begun selling two models of its laptops with Linux preinstalled... The products, the Latitude CPX and the Inspiron 7500, come with Red Hat Linux 6.1 and are certified by Linuxcare, a representative said. The Inspirons with Linux are available now, but the Latitudes will be available Feb. 4, according to a company spokesman. The move has been expected since last August.

The CPX is the top-of-the-line model of Dell's Latitude line, slimmer and more expensive than the Inspirons, which are designed to be more like replacements for desktop computers. The price for the Linux models is the same as for the Windows 98 models, the representative said.

Dell has been selling servers, workstations and business desktops with Linux preinstalled. All major hardware companies offer servers guaranteed to work with Linux, a clone of the network-friendly Unix operating system, but comparatively few have been offering Linux for laptops. One hurdle: Laptops often come with proprietary hardware that's more difficult for Linux programmers to support, though informal sites such as Linux on Laptops offer extensive help."

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