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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.[1][2]

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.[3][4]

The company is privately held and based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.


  1. ^ EmperorLinux (2009). "EmperorLinux". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  2. ^ EmperorLinux (2009). "Why?". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  3. ^ EmperorLinux (2009). "Distros". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  4. ^ EmperorLinux (2009). "Kernel". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 

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