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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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By SmokeRngs on 3/30/2007 5:27:00 PM , Rating: 2
Dell can do something neither the average user or "techie" can do. By stating Linux (it doesn't matter what distro) is going to be pre-installed on some of their systems in volume; hardware companies that want their hardware in a Dell machine will need to step up driver support for Linux. Whether this means they dedicate more of their own resources for the drivers or finally work with the "open source group" for their drivers it would mean stronger drivers with better compatibility and performance in the long run. This would benefit a lot of people and make Linux a bit more user friendly.

With a larger install base, more companies would be willing to develop software for the Linux. This does not mean the software is free. You can still charge for software you write for Linux as long as none of it contains open source code. Or they could put out the software for free but charge for support. I find the first option to be more likely.

More commercial software for Linux would help everyone I think.

It seems a lot of people are missing the advantages this could have. It all boils down to Dell making a solid declaration that Linux will be an option on the systems and later on these systems selling in volume.

Increased proliferation of Linux creates more incentive to develop for it and thus, more choices for everyone.

Most software does not depend on a specific distro so people should not get into fights over which distro Dell should use. Even if it's not your favorite distro, it will still benefit you.




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