October 4, 2005

Dell to sell Open Source ready desktop computer for consumers

On Oct. 4, 2005, Dell launched the Dimension(tm) E510n1 desktop computer
to meet growing customer demand for open-source ready systems.

The Dimension E510n desktop computer offers a balance of
value and high performance, and is ideal for tech-savvy customers who
prefer systems without a pre-installed operating system. The new "n
Series" desktop computer comes with a blank hard drive with no operating
system installed. Dell provides a copy of the FreeDOS operating system,
which can be installed by customers when they receive their systems.
Additional features include:

  • Intel(r) Pentium(r) 4 6xx processors and up to 4 GB2 shared3
    DDR2 memory provide mainstream performance
  • Multimedia features include up to two CD, DVD or combination
    drives; optional dual TV tuner; optional 13-in-1 media card reader; and
    optional 256 MB graphics cards
  • Integrated Sound Blaster Live 24-bit Advanced HD audio and
    10/100 network controller
  • Silver and white tool-less chassis blends in with home and
    office environments
  • Mini-tower design incorporates Dell QuietCaseTM and BTX
    technology for quiet operation and improved reliability

The Dimension E510n is available immediately in the United
States. The base configuration starts at $849 with a Pentium 4 630
processor, 512 MB DDR2 memory, 128 MB ATI(r) RADEON X300SE HyperMemory
video card, 80 GB SATA hard drive and 1-year limited warranty.

For more information on the Dimension E510n, visit
www.dell.com/nseriesE510. Additional details on Dell's n Series products
can be found at www.dell.com/nseries.

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Pricing, specifications, availability and terms of offers may change
without notice. Taxes, fees, shipping, handling and any applicable
restocking charges are extra, and vary. Dell cannot be responsible for
pricing or other errors, and reserves the right to cancel orders arising
from such errors.

1 In order to boot this system, you must install an operating system. A
FreeDOS media kit has been provided which will allow you to boot your
system once installed. Please note that many common applications will
not run and/or fully function using FreeDOS, and in order to run these
applications, you will need to install the appropriate operating system
and/or device specific drivers. Consult FreeDos.org or your chosen
operating system vendor for compatibility details.

2 The total amount of usable memory available will be less, depending on
the actual system configuration.

3 Between 128 and 224 MB of system memory may be allocated to support
graphics, depending on system memory size and other factors.

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