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PC World: Tuxtops Offers Portability for the Linux Crowd

Feb 05, 2000, 01:52 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Newton)

"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 installed."

"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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