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Survey for future users on preferred distribution, support levels, and target platforms

While Dell has already begun selling computers without an operating system under the "n-Series" lineup, at that time there were no plans to offer systems with Linux preinstalled. However, the presence of a Linux-oriented survey on Dell's website requesting opinions from Linux users seems to hint that the "free-as-in-speech" operating system is closer than many would think.

The survey gives Linux users the chance to weigh in on issues ranging from language preferences to the preferred Dell system lineup they'd most like to see with a factory-installed Linux distribution; and in a surefire way to get opposing camps riled up and firing scathing blog entries at each other, asks the ultimate loaded question:

   "Which Linux distribution should Dell prioritize on?"

The comments are already piling up on the Direct2Dell company blog, where over a hundred users posted (mostly) well-worded arguments in favor of a particular distribution.

Another point discussed up is the hardware. NVIDIA and ATI have come under fire from hardcore Linux enthusiasts for not providing GPL-compliant drivers for their 3D hardware.   Some Dell forum members hope pressure from a major OEM such as Dell could put a little more leverage on hardware vendors to release open sourced drivers - others simply call for the use of GPL-supported hardware only, such as Intel graphics controllers.

The survey runs from March 13th to the 23rd 2007.

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Ubuntu or Mandriva?
By danskmacabre on 3/14/2007 2:07:12 AM , Rating: 2
If they do go ahead with it, Ubuntu or Mandriva are quite user friendly, which is what the chosen version of linux ought to be.

It'll be interesting see whaich version they settle on.

RE: Ubuntu or Mandriva?
By mlau on 3/14/2007 5:44:12 AM , Rating: 2
LFS, of course :)

RE: Ubuntu or Mandriva?
By chsh1ca on 3/14/2007 6:48:11 PM , Rating: 2
Why would Dell bundle Ubuntu or Mandriva with SuSE or Redhat out there?

RE: Ubuntu or Mandriva?
By danskmacabre on 3/15/2007 9:26:29 AM , Rating: 2
Well, suse is pretty user friendly but from what I've seeen Redhat isn't so much.

I would assume Dell would like to have the most easy to use version of Linux as possible.

Another option for them is to build a spec that has components what work well with linux and supply a linux install disk of the customers choice and leave it up to them to install it.

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