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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    Jon, 30 Mar 2007 @ 10:05am

    Linux for the Masses

    I run a help desk for about 20,000 users and I would seriously quit with out hesitation if our company switched to Linux on the desktop. We have enough issues with inept users on Windows, I can't even begin to imagine the problems we would have by switching to Linux. Linux is great for the non-technical and those with VERY simple requirements (eg. Internet and email). In my opinion is not ready for your average user. It is a bit of the Chicken and egg scenario and I realize we have to start somewhere. Dell is probably the place to start.

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