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CNET News.com: IBM gets the nod from Linux, but problems exist

Sep 14, 1999, 23:01 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

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"IBM's ThinkPad 600E is certified to run Red Hat's Linux, the first portable computer to get the certification, but users might want to think twice before wiping Windows off the hard drive."

"While the 600E is certified to run version 6.0 of Red Hat's Linux, people won't be able to use its modem, and features such as PC Card slots and power management have compatibility problems."

"The problems are just one example of the difficulties Linux faces, as the upstart operating system moves into mainstream markets. Though more and more hardware makers support Linux, it's difficult to write the software needed to use the seemingly endless list of network cards, video cards, CD-ROMs, and other computer components. Moreover, getting some of those components to work requires the Linux-expertise equivalent of rebuilding a car engine."

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