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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 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.


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