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
    Wizard Prang, 30 Mar 2007 @ 6:57am

    GUI Mess

    Microsoft has the best OS GUI...

    Which one - the Win95/98/2000 one?
    The XP (AKA Windows for Teletubbies) one?
    The Vista (AKA Windows Dancing Baloney Extravaganza) One?

    They're certainly the standard, but I am not sure that they are the best.

    Personally, I don't care much for "ooh-ain't-it-pretty!" and "don't-it-look-cool?". I am writing this on an XP box (because I have to) with almost all of the GUI extras turned off. Not only does this give better performance, but it is visually identical to Windows 2000, which is still my MS OS of choice for a whole bunch of reasons I won't go into here. I don't need an "XPerience", I need a solid reliable OS that allows me to the do the stuff that I need to get done. Most users have basic needs, but _think_ that they have to have the latest thing.

    Final point: If you are running 98 or 2000, the learning curve of going to Vista Ultimate ($400) is about the same as going to, say Ubuntu Linux ($0).

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