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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    Andrew Brzozowski, 4 Dec 2007 @ 9:21am

    I read some of the comments by people who claim that the windows gui is the reason they stay with MS and I have to wonder whether they've ever seen a Linux desktop 'cause it ain't that different and I notice these people don't even mention Beryl. Check out the Beryl video samples on youtube. Sounds like there's a lot of ignorance out there.

    I use both XP and fc6. There is no way I will ever go to Vista. I use XP for those applications that only run on an MS platform. The rest of the time, I use fc6. There is a learning curve but it really isn't that big. Think back to all the hours you spent working out why MS doesn't work.

    As the guys say, if all you want is email, a media player, office applications, web browser, graphics package and a whole chunck of other applications, linux puts MS to shame. Go ahead try it, you know you want to.

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