EmperorLinux, Inc., was founded in 1999 on the premise that Linux users needed a source for fully out-of-the-box supported laptops. EmperorLinux was started by Lincoln Durey, an EE Ph.D. from Tulane University. The company's first product was the BlackPerl Linux laptop, based on a Sony VAIO 505TR with a highly modified Linux kernel. Since 1999 the company has added a range of IBM ThinkPads, Dell Latitudes, and Sharp laptops to its lineup.
These laptops are available with most major Linux distributions, including Fedora, RHEL, Debian, Ubuntu, and SuSE. Significant improvements to stock Linux distributions come from the empkernel, and a carefully configured /etc directory. Supported features include APM and ACPI suspend and hibernate support, CPU throttling, LCD backlight brightness control, wireless, and generally full support of the hardware under Linux.
The company is privately held and based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.