"Until now, running Linux on a laptop has been pretty much a
do-it-yourself job. No vendors offered notebook computers with
Linux already installed, so users had to buy a Windows machine,
yank that operating system and then install Linux themselves. The
process wasn't always easy: finding and installing the right device
drivers for a particular laptop could be time-consuming even for a
technically savvy user -- and a show-stopper for a Linux
"Web sites like the Linux on Laptops Web site, at
www.cs.utexas.edu/users/kharker/linux-laptop, made the process
easier by providing advice on installing Linux on hundreds of
different models of notebook computers."
"Now, however, laptop users can skip all the
headaches involved in doing it themselves. This month, companies
such as Dell and Atipa Linux Solutions, in Kansas City, Mo.,
are beginning to offer notebooks with Linux already installed.
And a brand-new company, Tuxtops.com, based in Sunnyvale,
Calif., is focusing completely on Linux portables. TuxTops
launched its online retail shop for Linux laptops at
www.tuxtops.com on February 14. The company offers three models,
ranging in price from about $1,500 to about $2,500. An ultralight
model, weighing 4 lbs., is due in early March."
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