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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    TheDock22, 29 Mar 2007 @ 1:30pm

    Why not both?

    I use both Linux and Microsoft on a day-to-day business in the IT world. Locking into one operating system is a sad waste of computer techie talent.

    While I love the command line and reliability of Linux, I loathe with every fiber of my being their GUI. It is the most horrible piece of code ever written.

    Microsoft has the best OS GUI since it's easy to use and the keyboard shortcuts make getting into anything a snap. I wish they would build a more solid OS though and I'm not a fan of Vista yet. I hate the pop-ups I get when trying to do anything as simply as changing my time.

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