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Dell Offers New Laptops with Red Hat Enterprise Linux Loaded

Dell Computer is continuing to exapnd its support for Linux and open source platforms. We've reported on the company's work with Canonical to bring Ubuntu-based systems to both India and China, including an expansion of this effort. And, Dell just announced that it is delivering an Ubuntu laptop, part of its "Project Sputnik" effort, targeted at developers. Now, Dell is offering new laptops with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 pre-loaded. As PC World notes: "The company announced two models, the Precision M4700, which has a 15.6-inch screen, and the Precision M6700, which has a 17.3-inch screen. Dell will offer Windows 7, but is also offering Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 for specific...

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Dell Gives Linux Laptops Another Chance

Today Dell announced its official re-entry into the Linux laptop market. Project Sputnik, first announced in May, is graduating from Dell’s internal incubator program into a real product. According to project lead Barton George, Dell will sell a special “developer edition” of its XPS13 Ultrabook starting this fall. The laptop will come pre-loaded with Ubuntu, a user friendly distribution of the open source operating system Linux (or GNU/Linux to purists). George said the laptop won’t be able to dual boot Windows. But Dell made available an Ubuntu install image customized for the XPS13, so you could buy the Windows version and install Ubuntu yourself if you require dual booting. George says the developer version will be the high end configuration of the XPS13, with 4GB of...

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Google's Chrome OS Has a Future on Dual-Boot Systems, Starting Now

Lately, there have been some signs of rejuvenation for Google's Chrome OS and Chrombooks based on the platform. As noted here, Chrome OS and Chromebooks got off to a shaky start due to the fact that they require users to use applications and store data in the cloud--a two-fisted approach that alienated some users who wanted local apps and data storage. But since then, Chromebooks running Chrome OS have started to gain some traction in schools, and some people are doing what we predicted would happen in the first place: They are loading their favorite Linux distributions alongside Chrome OS on their Chromebooks. Chromebooks and Chrome OS have a lot going for them. They offer airtight security, have solid hardware specs, boot almost instantly, and more. But not all users want to be painted into a corner in terms of using applications and storing data out in the cloud. In short, Chromebooks force a cloud-only compute model...

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Tablet Shipments to Outshine Notebook Shipments in 2016

The number of tablets shipped will surpass those of notebooks in another four years, according to NPD DisplaySearch. [Read more]...

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Ubuntu 8.04.4 LTS, 12.04 LTS, 12.10 On An Old Laptop

Last week I shared how the open-source R500 driver can compete with the legacy Catalyst Linux driver on an old Intel laptop with ATI graphics, but how has the performance for other areas of the system changed with the latest Ubuntu Linux code? In this article are benchmarks from other...

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