Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Mar 2006 13:38 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Linux "Michael Dell, chairman of Dell Inc. believes in offering Linux on the desktop, server, and workstation. What he doesn't believe in, for now, is giving Linux full support on the desktop. In an exclusive interview, Dell explained his company's Linux desktop strategy to DesktopLinux.com's Steven J. Vaughan Nichols."
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I've been saying it for years
by Vanders on Wed 8th Mar 2006 15:56 UTC
Vanders
Member since:
2005-07-06

The Linux market is far too fragmented to seriously attract ISVs and OEMs. Michael Dell and I seem to agree.

The people who are saying Dell should supply "just" drivers are missing the point. Such a scheme is totally unsupportable from Dells point of view. It doesn't solve the problem anyway; what format should the drivers be distributed in? What kernel versions should those drivers be available for? Whos responsibility is it to write and test these drivers? How can Dell support customers who have problems with their drivers on their chosen distribution? Such a scheme has more problems than simply picking a single distribution.

Another suggestion is that Dell should only sell hardware that has drivers available already. Now it just happens that most hardware inside a Dell machine do already have Open drivers, but do you seriously expect Dell not to offer systems with the latest ATI Radeon video cards, or laptops with WiFi chipsets that may not have Open drivers?

OEMs and ISVs just don't care too much about Linux because it's simply far to much work for them. Sorry guys.

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RenatoRam Member since:
2005-11-14

If Dell would just *threaten* to stop selling hardware that has no linux drivers in (say) 18 months... you'd see the drivers pop up from everywhere.

For wifi, that is. ATI is simply incapable of writing up-to-date drivers, so that would be a bit more difficult, I guess.

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aent Member since:
2006-01-25

Its pretty simple how to choose which distribution. DON'T!!!

Provide it for the vanilla kernel that Linus works on. Every distro basis there kernel off of that... retty simple.

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Nathan O. Member since:
2005-08-11

He means, "what version of the vanilla kernel should we develop for?"

Windows is a much simpler target than Linux for driver development. Many Windows 2000 drivers worked out of the box in XP. Many nVidia graphics drivers for Linux don't work after a few bugfix versions, let alone minor versions.

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Wes Felter Member since:
2005-11-15

Another suggestion is that Dell should only sell hardware that has drivers available already. ... do you seriously expect Dell not to offer systems with the latest ATI Radeon video cards, or laptops with WiFi chipsets that may not have Open drivers?

If they create a "Linux series" of products, then they can easily choose hardware that is already compatible, without restricting their choice of components for their Windows gamer/corporate systems.

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