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: The early bird gets the worm
by Laurence on Fri 30th Mar 2007 12:00 UTC in reply to "The early bird gets the worm"
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[q]Funny timing on this. I just now got out of a
Too little, too late, Dell. We won't be buying, and I'll be writing you to explain that you jumped too late and that a more seasoned and dedicated vendor has taken over the business that we used to transact with Dell.

Of course, I *am* glad to see them making this move. But I suspect that the Linux boxes will still be buried in a very hard to find place on their site so as not to confuse their real customers with non-Vista offerings.

So I doubt it will do much to improve Linux's public visibility.


I think that's a little unfair.

At the moment it is impossible to speculate how visible their Linux systems will be. On their website they may have them along side the windows desktops, but then they might 'bury' the systems as you suggested - it's really not possible to say for sure this early on.

One thing is for sure - a major desktop distributor such as Dell publicly endorsing Linux (as they are doing in this PR which has been featured on most technology news sites inc can only serve to raise Linux's profile.
Visibility or not, this PR alone is a very positive move.

Edited 2007-03-30 12:01

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