"Dell has released its first top-shelf laptop certified for
Linux. Model CPxH500GT, part of the Latitude series of business
laptops, runs Red Hat. When a top vendor starts including Linux
laptops in one of its premier product lineups, it is a big step;
Dell has also been fairly forward about bringing Linux to its full
line of hardware. This first business laptop will be followed
by other versions in coming months, and in the Dell consumer laptop
line, the Inspiron 7500 supports Linux as well."
"The Latitude CPxH500GT has a 500-MHz Pentium III with 128 MB
RAM, a 12 GB hard drive, a 14.1-inch screen, an ATI Rage Mobility
M1 graphics adapter, an ESS Maestro 2E SoundBlaster-compatible
sound chip, a single removable drive bay for a 24x CD-ROM, and a
second bay for the main battery. You can also choose between a
floppy drive or an additional battery. On the sides are two Type II
PCMCIA slots, ports for SVHS video output, an audio line-out, an
audio line-in, and an external microphone. A tiny built-in
microphone is on the keyboard just next to the cursor keys. The
back offers additional ports for a USB device, an external monitor,
a dual-purpose external mouse or keyboard port, a serial line, and
AC power in."
"This Linux model does not yet support the docking station
available for the Windows version of the laptop, and Dell has not
indicated when the docking station will become available. The
docking station provides Ethernet, serial, and parallel ports, as
well as space for an additional drive inside the docking station.
Docking capability is not supported in Linux because the driver
mechanism to support a system in two parts is not yet
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