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Open Source IT: Linux on Laptops: Do-It-Yourself No More

Apr 03, 2000, 01:05 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daisy Whitney)

"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 novice."

"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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