Desktop Linux Gets Boost From Dell

from the it's-dellinux dept

In a move that's been expected for some time, Dell has announced that for the first time, it will offer PCs with Linux pre-installed. The move makes sense for a few reasons. For one thing, Dell has always touted itself as having the most customizable computers, so giving users their choice of operating systems would seem to fit with the company's ethos. A more important factor may have been the growing Microsoft tax. As many people have pointed out, as hardware prices continue to drop, proprietary software accounts for a larger and larger slice of the cost of a computer. Thus it makes sense for computer makers, which compete intensely on cost, to offer equivalent solutions that don't require them to hand a big chunk over to Microsoft. Dell's entry into the desktop Linux market probably won't do a whole lot to stem its recent woes, but the company needs all the help it can get as it deals with a surging HP, and a computer market that isn't seeing any tailwind from the release of Vista.

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    Joel Coehoorn, 29 Mar 2007 @ 1:46pm

    I've installed a new linux once every eight months or so for the last 6 years now. Two weeks ago I installed the latest SuSE (10.2), and I was very impressed. It had it flaws and took a little work to get everything going, but so does a fresh install of Windows XP. With this last install I felt for the first time like the system and experience are superior to what I have with Windows. I'll still be using mostly windows though, because I use Visual Studio and play too much CounterStrike:Source.

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