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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 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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