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Dell has confirmed that the company will be bringing Linux to future PCs and notebooks

Dell recently announced that it will expand support for Linux further than servers and the Precision workstation line.  The popular PC maker's first step will be to offer Linux pre-installed on both notebooks and desktops, Dell said in an online statement.

Dell asked for customer input in February on the company's IdeaStorm web site.  More than 100,000 responses were submitted to Dell, with more than 70 percent of respondents wanting some sort of pre-installed Linux product from Dell.

It may also take Dell a long time to get potential support issues sorted out before the Dell products enter the PC and workstation markets.  Linux users are now curious to see which version(s) of Linux will be installed on future products.  Users are more interested in kernel level and open driver support instead of particular Linux distributions, according to Dell.

Dell already has working relationships with Novell and Red Hat, both of which create popular Linux operating systems.  But other popular Linux alternatives include Ubuntu, Slackware, Debian and Lindows.

The company plans on asking for more user input regarding Linux and open source technologies.  Dell has had to rethink business plans due to increased competition with competitors such as Hewlett-Packard.



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RE: Should Microsoft worry?
By Etern205 on 3/29/2007 4:15:13 PM , Rating: 1
Linux might get market share if they start redesigning their
OS to be more user friendly to the average user.
I've tried Ubuntu a few times and getting that simple beryl affects to work was a pain in the a55!
1. There is no one solid place for all the infos that you want to know about your version of linux.
2. Each person has their own way of doing something,
but they never write the full instructions as to how they got it to work.
e.g. I've seen almost 5 different way of how to get beryl to work on ubuntu, but each of them has instructions written differently.
3. They are all dependent to other sites or links.
If the link you need is down, then your screwed.


RE: Should Microsoft worry?
By smitty3268 on 3/29/2007 4:25:20 PM , Rating: 2
With the next version of Ubuntu (and I think OpenSuse and other user friendly distros) you can turn on/off 3d effects with a single button. It was previously really confusing because everything was still experimental and every single possible option was exposed to the user.


RE: Should Microsoft worry?
By Etern205 on 3/29/2007 4:33:11 PM , Rating: 1
Yes, I hope so too.
Those beryl effects are pretty! *___*
1000x better than Vista's Flip 3D crap. :)


RE: Should Microsoft worry?
By Chadder007 on 3/29/2007 4:32:06 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I think Linux is still too open, they need to standardize a few more things across the board of Linux distros to get it going more.


RE: Should Microsoft worry?
By mlau on 3/29/2007 4:49:18 PM , Rating: 1
You all confuse "user-friendly" with "should look-and-feel-and-talk-like-windows".
Face it: the UNIX desktop does things differently, and you
can even choose the way things are done (console/klicky/..).
Of course windows users are scared by choice (after all they
are used to being spoon-fed only a single solution) and
differences.


RE: Should Microsoft worry?
By MrDiSante on 3/29/2007 5:02:25 PM , Rating: 2
I do believe you are confusing Windows with Mac. Aside from that, the problem with Linux is that there are two many distros and each one is vastly different from the other. That's why it's not a matter of Linux vs Windows, it's SuSE vs Red Hat vs Ubuntu vs [Insert flavour here] vs Windows XP vs Windows Vista.


RE: Should Microsoft worry?
By Etern205 on 3/29/2007 5:55:15 PM , Rating: 3
Spoon feeding people is where the money is.


RE: Should Microsoft worry?
By smitty3268 on 3/29/2007 6:36:51 PM , Rating: 2
I'd actually say GNOME spoon feeds users a lot more than Windows does. Probably a little too much, IMO. The issue is that it's different, and a lot of people don't like change even when it ends up being easier.


RE: Should Microsoft worry?
By malubitch on 3/30/07, Rating: -1
RE: Should Microsoft worry?
By kalak on 4/2/2007 12:50:43 PM , Rating: 2
I disagree... If you look for, let me say, a Graphical Interface for Linux, you will find DOZENS of different versions and each one with different ways and feels... Linux is too much "diversificated". There always 99 ways of do something. If they "padronize", they will conquest the final user. If you have too much options, you really DON'T have a easy choice.....


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