Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th May 2009 20:59 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu When Dell announced a shift in its Linux strategy last week, accompanied by a new netbook, many wondered why Dell insisted on pre-loading Ubuntu 8.04, instead of newer versions of the popular Linux distribution such as 8.10 or 9.04. BetaNews contacted Dell about it, and Dell replied explaining their rationale behind opting for 8.04.
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But at least here Dell Brazil doesn't offer the FreeDOS option to the consumer line of notebooks and desktops, only for the business line. Therefore, only the most expensive and less attractive for consumers models are offered.

I don't want be obliged to pay any forced tax for an OEM operating system which I don't want to use.

The solution is simple: always offer FreeDOS as an option and certify a few linux distributions and a few windows versions as certified operating systems. And for the lazy or ignorant (to install the operating system themself) people offer windows, ubuntu or any other OEM OS selling/installation as an additional service.

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