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Meeting Notes for March 2nd, 2006

Changing the Game with the New Latitudes

Lannette Dunkson, Dell, ( )


  • Desktops will not change until September, which is different from their usual June-July release. Waiting for new Intel chipset so presentation was on Latitudes only.
  • Addressed the Optiplex 270 issue concerning defective capacitor problems found on motherboard from a particular supplier. Capacitor will budge, leak and break open. If you have several systems purchased at the same time and some are experiencing this problem contact Lannette.

Next Generation Latitudes:

  • Display with wide aspect design
  • Smaller and lighter on all models
  • Dual core processor available
  • Biometrics built-in
  • Extended battery with express charge and battery health meter
  • Integrated Wi-Fi & Mobile Broadband
  • Complete Care
  • Computrace theft recovery (must get 3 year complete care option)
  • Quickset features
    • Wi-Fi Catcher – detects signal w/o opening or powering on system, can shut off
  • Dx20 will have additional security options
    • Fingerprint, TPM 1.2, Smart Card
  • Approximate timeline
    • D820 & D620 will be announced and begin shipping the end of this month
    • D520 = May release
    • D420 = merge of D410 & X1 with August release

Altiris Management for Dell Clients

George Peck, Altiris, (

  • Dell/Altiris Partnership
    • Client Systems Management
      • Inventory, deployment, software delivery
      • Application management, patch management, recovery solution
    • Altiris Management Suite for Dell server
      • Deployment, monitor, patch management solution
    • Support for Windows, Linux, Unix, Pocket PC, Palm, Mac & Network devices
    • Lifecycle management
      • Procurement
      • Staging
      • Production
      • Retirement


      Updated March 9th, 2006