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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    Casper, 29 Mar 2007 @ 2:02pm

    I like Ubuntu

    I run Ubuntu on my laptop just fine. As soon as I get around to burning the ISO for Feisty Fawn to a CD, I'll install it.

    Linux is for a different type of person at the moment. Right now it's still one of those systems that's a little rough around the edges (most distros) because of a lack of funding. I love it, it's far more secure then XP, easy to use, customizable, stable, way less annoying then Vista, and it does almost everything my XP machine does. The only reason I use XP at all is for development work I need to do in .NET. Linux is defiantly making ground on Windows, and in the next few years don't be surprised to the government moving away from MS products.

    Nontechnical people will have a hard time with linux simply because it's not idiot proof yet. This is the only reason I don't think it will be a huge seller. The market for it on DELL's will be true IT people and the government.

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