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The Dell-Linux partnership continues to flourish

Dell plans to expand its Ubuntu PC and notebook offerings due to continued demand Dell has seen for the Ubuntu products, said Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu creator.  Shuttleworth also founded Canonical, the company responsible for offering support for Ubuntu Linux users.

"What's been announced to date is not the full extent of what we will see over the next couple of weeks and months," Shuttleworth said during an interview.  "There are additional offerings in the pipeline," he added.

Dell spokeswoman Anne Camden did not make an official statement to Reuters about future products, but did say that Dell is happy with the response the company has received for Linux.  Even though most of the products sold were likely to previous fans of Linux and open source technology, some first time customers also made purchases.

Dell currently offers five products which run the Ubuntu operating system.  The company had egg on its face after Dell Ubuntu Linux customers discovered they apparently paid $225 more for an Inspiron 1420 notebook loaded with Ubuntu - Dell quickly fixed the error, changing the price so the Ubuntu version is now $50 cheaper.

Although the Microsoft Windows operating system still controls the PC operating system market, the Linux OS can be considered as Microsoft's biggest threat.


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RE: Biggest threat
By Scrogneugneu on 7/31/2007 10:18:07 PM , Rating: 1
They meant threat as in "People might find it better than Windows".


RE: Biggest threat
By drebo on 8/1/07, Rating: -1
RE: Biggest threat
By sc3252 on 8/1/2007 2:12:38 AM , Rating: 2
Considering all the products that are launching soon with Linux installed it is easy to say that Linux is their biggest threat. Probably their biggest threat is how popular the eeepc is. No matter how stupid you may think it is its going to be a laptop for $200-250 shipping with a customized Xandros, dont tell me no one is going to want a cheap notebook that is actually portable.

Also to your statement that Windows does everything better then Linux is false. Not only can linux distro's run on pc's that are under powered, but also most giant clusters are run on Linux or a unix derivative. Windows is trying to get into that feild more recently.

There are also very anoying problems with the windows os(I am talking about xp, i havent uesd vista yet), most notably how windows will start paging to swap when there are still hundreds of MB's of ram still available. I felt this many times when I used to play world of warcraft in windows, while windows would page to the swap for no reason having over 800 free megabytes of ram. That problem did not show up while running wow under wine in Ubuntu.


RE: Biggest threat
By Amiga500 on 8/1/2007 6:21:04 AM , Rating: 2
Absolute utter rubbish.

Go look up how Windows uses memory address space and compare that to linux.

;-)


RE: Biggest threat
By Moishe on 8/1/2007 8:08:10 AM , Rating: 2
wow... something important that consumers know and care about!


RE: Biggest threat
By Amiga500 on 8/1/2007 8:50:42 AM , Rating: 2
Well - it (windows) stops me from doing certain things I NEED to do.

As a result I have to use linux for those tasks.

So yeah, something important.


RE: Biggest threat
By geddarkstorm on 8/3/2007 5:42:16 PM , Rating: 1
Wow, you really don't know how windows or linux works at all, especially not the kernal levels. Let me tell you a secret. Why is Windows so full of security holes, slows down over time, and is in all things slower than linux?

Windows parces every GUI command through the kernal. If you click something on your desktop, the kernal gets called. Linux, on the other hand, keeps the GUI and the kernal seperate. This means, in windows, you can attack the kernal, and thus the entire system, by using simple GUI manipulation codes whereas that isn't half as easy in linux. Linux, as you may not be surprised to find out, can therefore completely exchange and change what GUI system it uses while Windows is stuck in the same system (though you can cosmetically change the look, it isn't a different GUI). Look up Beryl if you want some insane eye candy that runs wonderfully smooth and far superior to anything Windows can do.

Linux has the potential to be a far superior OS than Windows--it's just not as widely known and thus supported so it doesn't have that "just works" attitude that windows employs (and quite well I might add). Windows has done a great job in making every action and every user input GUI driven--you almost never have to even think about the command line in windows--while in linux the command line (called the terminal or console) is absolutely integral and you will resort to using it at times. That means that Windows is just easier to use. This is rapidly changing due to the efforts of Ubuntu, and once that change is complete, you'll see Windows as inferior in almost every respect as it is now.


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