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EmperorLinux, Inc. is a reseller who, according to PC Magazine, "specialize in the sales of pre-configured Linux laptops for companies and individuals that want stable, easy-to use laptops".[1] EmperorLinux was founded in 1999 by Lincoln Durey,[2] 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.[3][4]

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.[5][6]

The company is privately held and based in Atlanta, Georgia, US.[7]


  1. ^ Lynch, Jim (2003-01-23). "Linux World: The State of the Linux Desktop, Part II". PC Magazine. Retrieved 2014-08-14. 
  2. ^ Marti, Don (2007-02-28). "Dell, Lenovo Sell Windows-free Laptops". Network World. Retrieved 2014-08-14 – via TechHive.com. 
  3. ^ EmperorLinux (2009). "EmperorLinux". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  4. ^ EmperorLinux (2009). "Why?". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  5. ^ EmperorLinux (2009). "Distros". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  6. ^ EmperorLinux (2009). "Kernel". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  7. ^ "New Products". Linux Journal. 2003-10-01. Retrieved 2014-08-14. 

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