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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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Mar 2007 @ 5:51pm

    Ubuntu has made great strides in making the Linux Desktop more user friendly. Everything most users need is usually already installed. The interface is clean and easy to use. I installed it on my mom's computer and she had no problems using it.

    The only thing missing is the support for media formats that require licensing. Since Ubuntu supports Debian's stance on being totally free it is not likely they will pay to come pre-installed with mp3 support so ogg is supported. I, for one, would love to see Ubuntu on a Dell that supports these media formats out of the box. Third party add-ons like Automatix makes installing support for all these formats easy as well.

    Plus if you are looking for eye candy Beryl blows Vista out of the water. If you still need Windows then use VMWare and there you go. Everything else works fine too web browser, use firefox, email, use thunderbird... they work the same as on Windows.

    If your grandmother can check email on Windows then she won't have problems with Ubuntu.

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