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Dell embeds Linux in enterprise laptops

Aug 19, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Dell will equip a new crop of enterprise notebooks with little embedded Linux systems. Running on a still-unannounced embedded architecture, the “Latitude ON” subsystems will provide near-instant access to email, and days rather than hours of battery life, the vendor has boasted.

(Click for larger view of the Dell Latitude E4200)

Dell reportedly previewed the “Latitude ON” feature in new Latitude E4200 and E4300 models, according to MaximumPC. However, few other details are available.

Given its embedded architecture, and advanced power management, it seems likely that Dell got help in creating Latitude ON. However, the largest U.S. PC maker is not yet ready to reveal its partner. The MaximumPC story reports, “Dell execs said that they weren't creating the OS themselves, but have partnered with a yet-to-be announced third party to create the embedded Linux solution.”

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