"In a sea of offerings targeted at enterprise and technical
customers, one hardware vendor stood apart from the rest at the
LinuxWorld Conference and Expo this week. Tuxtops, a Santa
Clara-based company formed last November, is peddling its own line
of notebooks to consumers--all of them with Red Hat Linux
"Historically, running Linux on laptops has been
problematic. Linux is not offered (or even supported) on most
mainstream laptops, and although you might tackle Linux
installation on one as a do-it-yourself project, your results may
not be ideal, due to compatibility issues with the hardware inside
the machine. Tuxtops... gets around those issues by assembling
notebooks with 100-percent Linux-compatible components."
"Future plans include bundling Sun's StarOffice suite on all
Tuxtops, offering Debian GNU/Linux as an alternative to the Red Hat
distribution, and including an Ultralight model, according to
Tuxtops chief technical officer Mark Allen. Depending on user
demand, other Linux distributions may be included later."
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