Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Mar 2007 23:01 UTC, submitted by shykid
Hardware, Embedded Systems Dell began polling customers about their software preferences on Tuesday as part of an effort by the struggling PC vendor to meet a popular request for desktops and notebooks that run on Linux instead of Windows. Dell posted the survey on a company blog, asking PC users to choose between Linux flavors such as Fedora and Ubuntu, and to pick more general choices such as notebooks versus desktops, high-end models versus value models and telephone-based support versus community-based support.
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Dell Customizations!
by Wemgadge on Wed 14th Mar 2007 15:35 UTC
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I think the most probable option, from a business perspective for Dell, would be a pre-install of Linux with customizations to the distro made for Dell to increase usability. Compaq used to use a custom program manager back in the Win 3.1 days (xerox tabworks) and that sort of thing could work for Dell on Linux too-- something like the former RedCarpet version of Gnome -- They could have a custom software bundle with full eyecandy and market it as an alternative to MacOSX, sold alongside Vista. Most likely, since the agreement between Novell and Microsoft protecting endusers, SLED or OpenSuse would probably be the basis of this kind of "sub-distro". Just think of how quickly share would increase if Dell pushed this as a new Alternative to Mac and Vista in National Commercials and advertisements.

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