Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Apr 2007 22:27 UTC, submitted by editingwhiz
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Officially, Dell hasn't said a word yet about which Linux it will be preloading on its desktops and laptops. Several sources within Dell, however, have told that Dell's desktop Linux pick is going to be Ubuntu. While unable to confirm this through official Dell channels, we have heard the same story now from several internal Dell sources. They tell us that the computer giant will be preinstalling the newly released Ubuntu 7.04. These systems will be released in late May 2007."
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RE[5]: Outstanding!
by rm6990 on Tue 1st May 2007 04:52 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Outstanding!"
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Vista is a market changing product, software that bad can't maintain Microsoft's monopoly. Linux desktop usability is better than ever, while Vista is pathetic.

XP pre-SP1 was an absolute piece of garbage that should never have been released, and yet Microsoft is still dominant today.

In the corporate market, I'm not disputing Linux is becoming an attractive option. However, my side-job is doing computer repairs for home users, and 99% of my clients will run their XP computers until it is so unusable that it takes 15 seconds to even open the start menu due to all the spyware and viruses (the main cause is them not doing their updates and not updating their security software), and yet they flat-out refuse to even give Linux a test-run. It's as if they are addicted to Windows. A few glitches in Vista is simply not going to make people like this switch.

Based on my own experience, Linux does not stand a chance in the home market, and will, at best, be a niche competitor, much like OS X.

Also, OS X is increasing its marketshare in large part due to their large advertising campaigns. The only advertising I ever see for Linux is on geek websites that the majority of people don't visit, and is mainly for server solutions. Advertising is more important than most people think, and again, unless Linux gets a large advertising campaign like Apple's (which is unlikely, considering Apple spends more on advertising than Canonical has in cash-on-hand, Novell is hemmoraging cash and has always been horrible at marketing, and Red Hat doesn't seem to care much about the home user market), the situation won't change.

To ramble on a bit more, if Canonical was smart, they would take advantage of Youtube for viral marketing, but they haven't yet bothered to do that.

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