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The first dual Windows/Linux PCs arrive


You won’t find a word about it on Dell’s sales site for the Dell Latitude E4200 laptop or the Latitude E4300, but these Windows Vista, or optionally XP, notebooks come not only with Windows but with an embedded Linux desktop as well.

Dell calls this embedded Linux, Dell Latitude ON. The Austin, Texas computer giant describes Latitude ON as, a “communication module,” that “enables bi-directional remote access to your Microsoft Exchange data with the single touch of a button without booting or waking your entire laptop-lowering power consumption and extending battery life.”

Yes, it is that, but, it’s also a Linux desktop, based on Novell’s SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) 10. This runs on system-on-a-chip subsystem that comes with its own ARM processor and flash memory that runs without needing to call on the E4200’s 1.4GHz Intel Core2 Duo ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) or the E4300’s 2.26/2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SP9300 CPUs or the system’s drives and memory.

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