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LinuxWorld: Dell's Linux-loaded laptop - Other Linux models to follow

Apr 25, 2000, 02:37 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rawn Shah)

"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 available."

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