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Dell adds to notebook and server range

Dell Computer has made a series of announcements covering its notebook and network server ranges and its support for the Linux...

Dell Computer has made a series of announcements covering its notebook and network server ranges and its support for the Linux operating system, writes Daniel Thomas.

The company launched a lighter Latitude notebook, the C400, which weighs 1.63kg but promises the same battery and power life of its heavier predecessors.

The notebook uses an Intel Mobile Pentium III-M processor running at 1.2GHz. As well as a modem and integrated Ethernet connectivity, an optional 802.11b wireless mini-PCI card is available for what the company calls "anywhere, anytime computing".

Dell also introduced the Poweredge 1500SC, a network server aimed at small and medium-sized businesses or corporate departments. The dual-processor systems feature the Serverworks HE-SL chipsets which can be used with 1.13GHz Pentium III processors.

Data transfer is also boosted by the incorporation of the Intel Pro/1000XT network connection on the motherboard to give transfer rates of up to 1gbps over standard copper wire, the company claimed.

To coincide with the Poweredge launch, Dell also said it was installing the Red Hat Linux version 7.2 distribution across the entire range and on its Precision workstations.

The company said Red Hat Linux on Dell Poweredge servers offers a cost-effective networking infrastructure and development option for business applications.

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