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
    Casper, 29 Mar 2007 @ 3:14pm

    Re: Re: Re: Linux is good but it is not for

    " "Buy a Mac then." Like she has that kind of money. I seriously cringe everytime I think about her Win98 machine and the multiple times I try to upgrade her. Sometimes Change can only occur in small steps."

    I had the same problem with some of my relatives so I used them like guinea pigs. I installed XP on two of their machines and Ubuntu on two. The two with Ubuntu had a couple issues at first, when they wanted to download some cheesy malware games and I told them they couldn't, but they got over it. After 6 months, the XP machines were slowed down and had to keep being cleaned for adware and spyware, while the Ubuntu machines were just pretty much the way they were when I installed them. All four machines were just used for surfing the web/email and writing letters and such in office. The Ubuntu machines used OpenOffice and one XP machine ran OpenOffice while the other ran MSOffice.

    In the end, if your truly just using it for web browsing and email, just about all the OS's can do this without issue. Where it comes down to a difference is in gaming and third party applications. In the case of old people, they shouldn't install things without help anyway, as they tend to download every gimmick and virus that comes their way.

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