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
    Bhullet, 29 Mar 2007 @ 3:23pm

    Linux aint rocket science

    First of all if all you want is to surf the web and check email, then what is so complicated about linux? Click on the browser icon and the web browser appears... different web browsers will look & behave differently, but for one's limited needs that is immaterial... and for mail use gmail or similar...

    As far as installation I just installed SuSE 10 & Ubuntu after a long while of being with MS... the install was smooth and did not require any more knowledge than a windows install. Best of all Linux has ALOT of stuff preloaded (OpenOffice, DVD/CD Burning...)... pretty much the only thing I could not do was play avi movies until I installed the win32 codec... with windows you don't even get simple DVD burning software!

    and I don't worry about viruses....

    I will NEVER again waste money on windows!

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