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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    James Saliba, 29 Mar 2007 @ 2:12pm

    Is Linux really there yet?

    Competition is good, and Microsoft has owned the desktop, and probably will continue to own the desktop for a long time. Linux installations and applications are growing in usability. Although techie types, like me, can make it work smoothly I don’t see it driving office applications for executive admin’s etc. just yet. Since UNIX became commercially available it has always been plagued with the same problem, have multiple versions and lack of applications.

    I’m happy to see it become choice; however, in my opinion it still needs more improvements in usability and application availability to become a real contender on the desktop.

    On the flip side, in your set-top boxes like Tivo – powered by Linux. In some new full feature smart phones – powered by Linux.

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