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Linux is an excellent migration platform for customers with business critical software previously restricted to proprietary UNIX platforms. Our Linux offerings enable Dell customers to take advantage of the performance, reliability and total cost of ownership benefits of Dell hardware, as well as the power and adaptability of Linux.

Dell offers customers the choice of Red Hat®  Enterprise Linux WS or FreeDOSTM  on select Dell PrecisionTM  workstation systems. Dell factory installed versions of Red Hat Linux provide customers with a tested, optimized, certified and supported platform on which to run their professional workstation applications. Before deciding on an operating system, Dell recommends that customers check a hardware compatibility list to help ensure driver support with their existing or legacy environment. With the exception of reinstalled original Dell versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS for Precision workstations, Dell does not provide technical assistance for customer installed Linux operating systems.

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What is a Dell n Series system and how is it different from the standard model?An n Series system has the exact same hardware, regulatory certifications and approvals and BIOS as the corresponding standard system. In general, the n Series will have the same peripherals as the standard system. However, the n Series system does not have a Microsoft® Windows®  operating system installed. Dell is making n Series available to customers with needs for other operating systems such as LinuxTM 

What is FreeDOS?FreeDOSTM External link is a DOS variant distributed under the GNU General Public License. It is provided with Dell n Series systems but is not factory installed. FreeDOS is an open source operating system that will provide base level functionality for end users. 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.

Where can I find drivers for n Series?With the exception of Linux on Dell PrecisionTM  workstations, Dell does not provide drivers for alternate operating systems. Customers should check with their operating system vendor for device support. Customers may also find drivers from the device manufacturer or from the open source community. Dell does not warrant or provide support for these drivers.

What is the technical support policy for Dell n Series systems and FreeDOS?Dell is offering FreeDOS under the GNU General Public License (see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.txtExternal link for the full text of the license). FreeDOS is offered "AS IS" from the supplier and Dell does not provide any warranty or technical support for FreeDOS.

Dell will support the n Series hardware; however, Dell does not warrant or provide technical support for operating systems installed by customers, including FreeDOS.

Are other operating systems offered by Dell on n Series systems?Red Hat Enterprise Linux will be available as a factory installed option on Dell Precision n Series desktops on a world-wide basis. Other Linux distributions are available through Dell Software and Peripherals, but not as factory-installed options. Dell does not warrant or provide technical support for operating systems installed by customers. Microsoft Windows operating systems are not offered on Dell n Series systems.

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