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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    I am Herbert, 30 Mar 2007 @ 4:58am

    "For the first time"? ....that's not a true statement. Dell and Red Hat were pre-loading just before Red Hat decided to go Enterprise.

    A real first would be for Dell to pre-load a dual boot scenario, but a choice from a list.

    I am really not certain about Vista because my money is for performance and not Vista Eye candy Aero junk. Moreover, IE7 is sad attempt to use ieframe.dll to root-kit the processes. FoxFire with the IE tab works fine for me.

    Can you say "Patriot Software"?

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