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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 PitViper007 on 3/29/2007 5:06:06 PM , Rating: 4
The trick is proper support. It's got to work out of the box, and there have to be packages that you can download that are easy to install. There are some great package managers out there, but they aren't quite ready for mainstream yet.

Hasn't this been the problem with Linux all along though? It never seems to be quite ready for mainstream. I've been toying with different distros of Linux for the last several years, and they have gotten better. The problem is that you still need to be a techie to be able to do the same things that you can with Windows. Case in point, I just set up a media center PC. I was going to run it with the latest version of Fedora Core. I had it all set up and was going to put MythTV on it. There were so many different places that I had to go to get different little pieces that I finally said forget it. I loaded a spare copy of XP Pro and had GB-PVR up in running in minutes. I consider myself to be pretty computer savvy, so if I give up on something like that, what does that say for the average shmoe out there that can barely run Windows?

Bottom line, the linux distros need to become so easy to operate (and upgrade, and install new software onto) that my father can do it before they'll ever be able to rival Windows.


RE: Should Microsoft worry?
By cheetah2k on 3/29/2007 9:34:38 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. Linux distros have been quite a mixed bag of support in the past.

I am really hoping, (drooling at the mouth) that with such a major player in the market as Dell looking to impliment Linux on their mainstream PC offerings, this will bolster a new generation of fully supported and developed Linux distros.

It can only mean good news for all of us!

By NoSoftwarePatents on 3/30/2007 11:28:22 AM , Rating: 3
One of the nice things about UBUNTU (at least 6.10 anyway), is you can boot from the CD and you'll get a good idea of your hardware will be supported or not. If it is, then you can install it from there. If not, just remote the CD, and reboot the system and go back to Microsoft Windows or whatever...although I think Knoppix did this idea before Ubuntu picked it up.

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