Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Mar 2007 09:07 UTC, submitted by brewin
Hardware, Embedded Systems Dell has confirmed plans to offer Linux pre-installed on systems beyond their existing servers and Precision workstation line. Dell will provide an update in the coming weeks that includes detailed information on which systems they will offer, their testing and certification efforts, and the Linux distribution(s) that will be available.
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RE[2]: Music to my ears!
by Laurence on Thu 29th Mar 2007 15:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Music to my ears!"
Laurence
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2007-03-26

I would strongly suggest you not get a Dell. Every time I have seen a friend or family member buy from them, they have either got recycled hardware (which failed quickly), a system which had hardware other than what they bought (my mother's Dell didn't include a DVD drive, although they gave her a processor faster than the one she ordered), a system loaded with adware/bloatware (which you can bet will be even worse now that they have source code access -- heck, if they use an open-source BIOS, they can modify it to prevent the machine from booting into anyting other than the official Dell distro), or worse yet, a system that couldn't fully run the OS it shipped with (my mother's machine again; it took 10 minutes to boot XP because the amount of memory it came with was only marginally better than the absolute least needed to load).

Until they get their act together, Dell is not a company I would reccomend to anyone.


Agreed to a degree, but I've found most *nix systems can work really well on even the nastiest of hardware.

A good example was a fried motherboard i was given for free - it was too damaged to even boot windows, but it ran FreeBSD fine so i turned it into a file server).

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