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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RE[4]: My vote
by ichi on Wed 14th Mar 2007 14:28 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: My vote"
ichi
Member since:
2007-03-06

While I agree that there're better distros to preload (I'd probably pick ubuntu or kubuntu), that's just because gentoo installs stuff from source, which takes more time.

User friendly? You have GUIs for it's package manager, same as on other distros, and apps are launched the same way: click on the icon. You'll be using kde/gnome/E/whatever anyway, it's not as if gentoo had it's own deliberately-obfuscated-only-suitable-for-geeks desktop environment.

Desktop-optimized? Just bundle a ck patched kernel.

Graphical installer? What for, if it'll be preloaded? You could still go with a gentoo derivate such as vidalinux, if you really thought the installer was a must.

Support on the web? Well, it's hard to beat gentoo's documentation and community support.

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RE[5]: My vote
by Adam S on Wed 14th Mar 2007 14:39 in reply to "RE[4]: My vote"
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

You cannot ignore the fact that if a Linux newbie got online to find some Gentoo help, he would be over his head in many cases.

This is not an attack on Gentoo, but rather a statement that this would not be a very smart choice for a company like Dell.

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RE[6]: My vote
by sbergman27 on Wed 14th Mar 2007 15:04 in reply to "RE[5]: My vote"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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You cannot ignore the fact that if a Linux newbie got online to find some Gentoo help, he would be over his head in many cases.
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Agreed.

The Gentoo Creed: Be Your Own Beta Tester.

Likely no one on this earth has chosen the same combination of packages and USE flags that you have.

Gentoo is great for those who enjoy spelunking.

But Dell's customers expect handrails on the way down, and a gift shop and snack bar at the bottom.

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RE[6]: My vote
by twenex on Wed 14th Mar 2007 15:27 in reply to "RE[5]: My vote"
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

You cannot ignore the fact that if a Linux newbie got online to find some Gentoo help, he would be over his head in many cases.

This is not an attack on Gentoo, but rather a statement that this would not be a very smart choice for a company like Dell.


Well, then, in the (as I maintain) extremely unlikely event that they DO offer a Gentoo option, they can simply state that it should be used by Linux experts only. Or call it the "SadGeek Option" or something. I don't think you'll find we'll care - any Linux user who by now is not sufficiently inured to being called a sad geek has probably flipped anyway.

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