Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Sep 2005 18:53 UTC
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris While Dell recommends the use of Windows XP Professional, in France Dell and Mandriva have announced the availability of a Dell laptop preloaded with Mandriva Linux. This is the first time any Dell laptop with pre-installed Linux has been sold or supported by Dell. Previously, only Dell N-Series Precision Workstations with Red Hat Linux were available from Dell.
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RE[5]: It doesn't matter
by rain on Fri 16th Sep 2005 22:54 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: It doesn't matter"
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Has it? Funny, I never realized that, since the beginning, when I downloaded 2 distros in two days...

Yeah, either "you will help us" or "you will help yourself". Now I'm not saying that this is always the case, but that is the impression the linux community in general gives me and many others. OSS developers doesn't need to feel the same responsibility towards end users as commersial developers do. And it clearly shows. Though it's getting better in many areas much thanks to the commersial support from various companies.

I don't believe it matters very much. Both are very mature. Maybe give people both and introduce them to the notion that you can choose between several desktop environments?

Well it's important to have something concrete to build a marketing campain on, something people can relate to. Be it a specific product, brand or icon, it needs to be something people can easily recognize and relate to. Linux doesn't really have a face that people can recognize as being linux.
I think it's important to make people familiar with linux before you throw a hundred choices at them. Choice is good, but choice alone isn't worth anything if you don't know what you are choosing from, or even why.

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