"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
"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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