Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Mar 2007 23:01 UTC, submitted by shykid
Hardware, Embedded Systems Dell began polling customers about their software preferences on Tuesday as part of an effort by the struggling PC vendor to meet a popular request for desktops and notebooks that run on Linux instead of Windows. Dell posted the survey on a company blog, asking PC users to choose between Linux flavors such as Fedora and Ubuntu, and to pick more general choices such as notebooks versus desktops, high-end models versus value models and telephone-based support versus community-based support.
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A Fruitless Endeavour
by WarpKat on Wed 14th Mar 2007 01:48 UTC
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Member since:
2006-02-06

Dell won't change. Dell has dipped their fingers in this before and Microsoft spanked them for it.

If it DOES indeed happen, and you can sell ice cold lemonade to people in Hell, then it'll be a sure bet that Microsoft will end up choosing the distro for them - and I wonder which one it will be. Hmmmmmmmmmm...

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RE: A Fruitless Endeavour
by sbergman27 on Wed 14th Mar 2007 02:00 in reply to "A Fruitless Endeavour"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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If it DOES indeed happen, and you can sell ice cold lemonade to people in Hell,
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I imagine that the Lemonade market in Hell would be a very good one. You should patent that business model!

I suspect that the distro, should Dell ship one, would be SLED, simply based upon technical considerations. And business considerations, too. SLED is designed for this use more than any other.

I'm far from a Suse fan. Don't care for Suse myself, really. I voted for Ubuntu.

But SLED probably makes a lot of sense and I'd be happy to see it offered.

Who put the bee in your bonnet?

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RE[2]: A Fruitless Endeavour
by re_re on Wed 14th Mar 2007 07:15 in reply to "RE: A Fruitless Endeavour"
re_re Member since:
2005-07-06

I also voted for SLED but not because i prefer it over others, but because of all the distros mentioned it is easiest to support. Truthfully i am supprised fedora was even mentioned with how buggy it tends to be.

To me in business applications SLED is by far the best bet. The same is true for newb home users. Honestly, even experienced users will benefit from this because they will have a system that ships with guaranteed full linux compatability.

If dell goes through with this and is successful, you will see a lot more webcams, soundcards, and video cards that have SLED and Windows both listed on the compatability list. And if it works with suse, it likely works with most every other distro.

I might add before anybody flames ... i will be very supprised if SLED doesn't get the vote if Dell does this. I am a Gentoo, Arch, and FreeBSD user primarely, so I am far from being in the Suse camp. For the greater good I swollowed my pride and voted for NLED instead of clicking other and typing Gentoo or Arch.

If Dell does this and advertises this so the world knows, I will buy from them if for nothing else, just to support their effort to support Linux.

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RE: A Fruitless Endeavour
by atezun on Wed 14th Mar 2007 07:09 in reply to "A Fruitless Endeavour"
atezun Member since:
2005-07-06

Dell won't change. Dell has dipped their fingers in this before and Microsoft spanked them for it.

If their linux sales put them back ahead of HP I'm pretty sure Dell's willing to sell linux. As for Microsoft, well they can always hope the DOJ gets it's teeth back after the next election. (A man can dream anyways)

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