Update: Linux on Dell’s “Business Client” Systems

Since many of the Linux blog posts over the past nine months have focused on Ubuntu Linux on consumer systems, I'd like to give a quick update on some of the work we've been doing for "business client" systems, such as our Precision Workstation, OptiPlex, Latitude, and Vostro product lines:

  • In the late fall, Dell launched three new Precision Workstation desktop systems: the T3400, T5400, and T7400. From day one, these systems could be purchased with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL 5) x86_64 pre-installed, and are also certified with RHEL 4.
  • Beginning in November of 2007, for the first time at Dell, we began selling Linux pre-installed on Precision Mobile Workstation systems. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 can be purchased factory-installed on the Precision M4300 and M6300 Mobile Workstations. This has been a popular request from our Precision Workstation customers, so we're happy to now offer Linux across that line of systems.
  • We are continuing to certify OptiPlex, Latitude, and Vostro systems with Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (SLED 10). Recently certified systems include the OptiPlex 755 and 330; the Latitude D430, D530, D630, and D830; and the Vostro 410 and 1200. The latest SLED-certified Dell systems can always be found at www.novell.com/dell.

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