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Linux Journal: Dell Does Linux Laptops

Feb 06, 2000, 01:27 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Penn)

"One of the most prized signs of major OEM interest in Linux is the increased appearance of Linux on popular laptop brands such as IBM's ThinkPad. While proof of Linux's vitality is still found more often by the number of servers and workstations the open-source operating system is running, just put Linux on a laptop and the whole Linux community applauds."

"Dell, the leading vendor of personal workstations in the United States (according to IDC), has announced that it will be selling two of its popular laptop models--the Latitude CPX and the Inspiron 7500--with Red Hat Linux 6.1 pre-installed. The Inspiron 7500 model is already available, with the Latitude CPX version expected by February 4...."

"Dell's Linux laptops retail for the same price as their Windows counterparts, causing some Linux faithful to wonder why a laptop with a free operating system costs the same as a laptop with a decidedly not-free operating system. Some have pointed at "the Microsoft tax"--meaning "license fee"--but the more straightforward answer simply has to do with the cost of making laptops. The operating system is hardly the most expensive component."

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