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Thursday, September 2, 2010
Providers of Pre Installed Linux Laptops/PC's
Not many mainstream PC manufacturers have a Linux preinstalled version of their products. But some do have and the there are many other not-so-mainstream providers of Linux preinstalled laptops, netbooks and PC's. Here are a few of them you should know.
Dell Dell is obviously the most famous among Laptops/PC manufacturers in Linux circles primarily because of its preinstalled Ubuntu offerings..
Dell is arguably the first among the 'really big' hardware manufacturers to find out the true potential of Linux and specifically Ubuntu.
EmperorLinux provides Linux laptops with full hardware support under Linux. Unlike other providers like Dell, Emperor Linux has a wide range of products from low end netbooks to laptops with high end configuration.
LinPC LinPC was formed as a way to offer PCLinuxOS preinstalled on custom built systems. They ship systems with PCLinuxOS preinstalled. Currently no other Linux distributions are under consideration, according to LinPC.
"ThinkPenguin was founded in 2009 to bring choice to consumers, and introduce the masses to the concept of free and open source software. Freeing users from anti-competitive vendors and lock-ins ThinkPenguin provides users a single go-to source for well supported free and open source solutions."
Zareason is another important provider of preinstalled Linux products and their product range is arguably the widest. They have everything from Linux laptops to Linux T-Shirts. Choice of distros include Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, Debian, Fedora among others.