EmperorLinux provides the finest Linux installation that you will find on a
laptop computer. We will give you an out-of-the-box Linux laptop experience of
the same quality that you get when buying a laptop from a major manufacturer.
(Or an even better experience, since we'll treat you like a person every time
you talk to us, and the laptop will run Linux.)
Life Cycle of an EmperorLinux Laptop
The obvious first step in ordering a laptop from EmperorLinux is deciding
that you want a new laptop and that it needs to run Linux. From there,
things get more interesting.
If you don't already have a good idea what laptop you want or which
manufacturer you prefer, we can help you narrow down
your selections. Our Compare Systems table
lets you sort through our laptops according to the metric you choose
or light weight).
The experts responding to your
email and phone calls can help you turn your list
of hardware and software needs and the things you plan to do with your
system into concrete laptop suggestions. They will also talk technical
details with you, to let you prove to yourself that we know laptops and we
If you don't find what you want after
comparing our systems and talking to our staff,
there are still options open to you. If you already own a laptop and want
us to install Linux on it and support it like one of our own, you can try
our depot install service. If there's a system you're
set on having that we don't offer, talk to us about a
custom laptop order.
When you've picked a laptop, then we can set about truly customizing the
system to meet your needs. The customizations that EmperorLinux offers take
some cases, this is simply choosing between 2-8 different standard
configurations, like for the Toucan, or the
ultimate, feature-by-feature configuration of systems like the
Choose your favorite Linux
distribution from among our current
offerings. At this time, you will also be offered the opportunity to select
from the available dual boot
options for your laptop.
- We know
that different people have different requirements for their hard drives.
We can recommend our standard partition layout,
or maybe you need that extra /data partition.
- Sometimes laptops
just don't come with everything you need installed internally. Our
selection of Linux-compatible accessories can
help you fill in those additional requirements, from additional
When all of the configuring is done, then all that remains are the usual
details of placing an order. Just
call or email us, and we'll get your order started.
We want to ensure that you have the best possible experience with Linux
on your new EmperorLinux laptop. With that goal in mind, we prepare your
laptop for you.
- We install the base version of the
Linux distribution you selected. This
provides all the standard user-level software packages you'll use day-to-day
on your system, such as gcc, Perl, OpenOffice.org, GIMP, web browsers, and
mail readers. We set up the remainder of the partitions to your
specifications. If you opted for
dual boot, we shrink the
manufacturers' Windows partition to the size you wanted.
- All EmperorLinux systems come with a custom
kernel specially tailored to support
all of the hardware on your laptop.
- We install additional software packages and provide
configuration files to ensure full
hardware support for your laptop
- If you order internal accessories with your
EmperorLinux laptop, such as RAM, we
will install them for you and perform the necessary configuration.
We run a battery of tests on your freshly-installed Linux laptop, including
X, sound, networking (wired and wireless), and more.
In most cases, you'll receive your laptop the day after we do. For
machines with standard configurations, like the
Meteor, this may be as little as a day or
two after you place your order. For highly configurable machines, like the
Rhino, it may take as long as two weeks for
us to receive it.
EmperorLinux ships your laptop overnight (and insured) using FedEx.
Someone will need to sign for the laptop when it arrives. Of all the
carriers we've used, FedEx has provided us with the most reliable service.
(Other shipping arrangements are available by request.)
When you open the box, you'll find your laptop and our machine-specific
user's manual. It will help you get
started with your new Linux laptop, as well as providing details about more
When you get your laptop, you begin your one year (12 months) of
toll-free phone and email Linux technical
support provided by EmperorLinux. To
keep you posted on new kernel releases and other developments, we also offer
several low-volume, targeted mailing
If you opted for a dual boot system, any Windows
support is provided by the original
equipment manufacturer. All of our systems come with the full
We are so sure you will find our products to be the best portable Linux
available anywhere that we offer a 30 day money back guarantee. Systems
must be in original condition; scratches, dents and any other breakage will
void this guarantee. Full details are available in our
EmperorLinux is committed to
providing the best possible Linux laptop installation, to customer
satisfaction, and to giving back to the Linux community. If you have any
suggestions for how we can improve, we would love to
Our customers aren't afraid to speak
their minds and share their experiences with their EmperorLinux laptops.
- Read testimonials written by
real, live EmperorLinux customers about their laptops and our Linux
- We regularly send review units
out to the Linux press to have independent and un-biased reviews of our
laptops done. See what the Linux experts have to say.