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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    Emilio, 29 Mar 2007 @ 9:09pm

    Choice in O

    Here are the real reasons I still run an XP box:

    1. DVD Anywhere
    2. DVD Shrink
    3. RecordNow DX
    4. Womble MPEG Video Wizard
    5. DVD2AVI
    6. VirtualDub
    7. TMPEG Encode
    8. TMPEG DVD Author
    9. Photoshop
    10. CoolEdit/Audition
    11. MediaPlayer Classic
    12. Firehand Ember

    Gradually, hopefully, all of these will be replicated in Linux by software that not only has the same functionality, but that I actually enjoy using. I'm just now getting into Linux, Though I've been happily using Open Office for at least a year. I've had a PowerMac for a while, and will probably splurge on a monster Mac Pro later this summer, so I can run OS X, Linux, and XP all on the same box. Evenutally I will have to learn Vista to support my users at work, but I can't see ever putting it on a box of my own... I'm rooting for Linux, and keeping my eyes open

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