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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    Charles Griswold, 29 Mar 2007 @ 4:44pm

    Re: Hmmm

    Linux Gnome and KDE GUI has not changed in years, they are old and tired.
    Not true, on both counts. I'm using the KDE interface and it has indeed changed a bit in the last few years. Granted, the changes have been evolutionary instead of revolutionary, but that's just a case of not trying to fix what works just fine.

    The reason why you are probably reading this web page from a windows based system (yes you!) is because of the GUI, period.
    To quote another poster, "horseshit". I (yes, me!) am using a OpenSUSE/KDE based system because Windows (in my ever-so-humble opinion) is crap. I vastly prefer the KDE interface to Windows XP, and I won't even consider using Vista until it's been out for at least a year.

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