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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  1. identicon
    reed, 29 Mar 2007 @ 2:18pm

    Re: Linux is good but it is not for

    "I can hear my grandmother saying "I just want to check my email and surf the web."

    Yep thats why I setup my grandmother with Ubuntu. No fuss no mess, just straight forward idiot proof web browsing. XP can't touch the ease of use that exists in Gnome.

    Far from tired gnome is under constant development and is by far superior to XP nowadays for a straight forward interface.

    Messed with Vista for a couple of weeks and AIGLX is far cooler and more useful than the new spiffy Aero Glass features. Everything else is the same old sh*t just repackaged in new and difficult ways to understand.

    Every anti-Linux argument settle on the idea a normal idiot can't install Linux, well the thing is a normal idiot can't install Windows either!

    Now that major companies are giving more fair shakes at pre-installed Linux it will be hard for the same skepticism to prevail, although of course Linux isn't for everyone (Just 90% of the world :)

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