All major hardware in our laptop and notebook systems is supported in Linux.
The EmperorLinux research
staff modifies all the popular Linux distros in many specific ways
to provide the best possible portable Linux distribution.
These include a customized kernel
(packed with driver patches and half the size of distribution kernels);
a chip-specific X-server with hardware acceleration;
full support for PCMCIA, USB, and
full support for 10/100/1000 (gigabit) ethernet and
pre-configured power management; modem;
stereo sound; and more.
(There is extensive detail on the following topics in the supplied owner's
manual.) Detailed information about mobile wireless
broadband (EVDO, HSDPA, etc) and the Intel Core Duo is also available.
All this is done completely with GNU-GPL software. At EmperorLinux, you don't
pay extra for commercial X-servers and sound support, because we only use
laptops for which the hardware is known to be supported by truly free software.
Most of our systems have on-board WiFi 802.11 'a/b/g' 54 Mb/s wireless ethernet.
We use only cards well supported by Linux, like the Intel Pro Wireless 3945
and Atheros mini-PCI cards. These mini-PCI and mini-PCIe cards are fully
internal, with dual-antennas in the LCD panel. We have recently started
supporting the Atheros "a/b/g/N" wireless cards.
We also support PCMCIA/CardBus cards for wireless on systems with no working
internal card (like the Molecule).
We have Lucent (Proxim) 802.11b 11Mb/s and 3Com 802.11b/g 54Mb/s cards.
Either way, it's ready to go out-of-the-box. You still get 10/100 or
gigabit land-line ethernet, too.
If your system doesn't have WiFi internally, just go out and get any PCMCIA
wireless card on the supported list and pop it in. All the
modules are there, ready to go. Or you can order a
wireless card with your system,
and not have to worry about whether it's supported or not.