Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Mar 2007 09:07 UTC, submitted by brewin
Hardware, Embedded Systems Dell has confirmed plans to offer Linux pre-installed on systems beyond their existing servers and Precision workstation line. Dell will provide an update in the coming weeks that includes detailed information on which systems they will offer, their testing and certification efforts, and the Linux distribution(s) that will be available.
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RE[2]: Hope this is real
by markjensen on Thu 29th Mar 2007 13:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Hope this is real"
markjensen
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2005-07-26

Apparently they already do sell (some) systems with Linux, outside the US. Here's an article from last summer: ...

They also have offered Linux an "n" systems (no OS installed), at least in the US, on their website. They have a problem, though, that shows they really need to overhaul how they balance their product line:
Dell Precision 390 (Linux): $749 http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=04&kc=6W...
Dell Precision 390 (Windows): $749 http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=04&kc=6W...
So far, it looks balanced.

But look at their "monitor-bundled" option available for Windows only...
Dell Precision 390 plus E197 FP (Windows): $899 http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=04&kc=6W...
Go back to that Linux link above, and add in the same monitor. The price becomes $988!

I can now go back and get the memory upgraded on the Windows box to 1GB, and pay $984 (4 dollars less than a 512MB Linux box from Dell).

They need to work out these kinks that cause price disparities, and offer Linux systems (at least hardware certified Linux-compatible) someplace easier to find than their "n" series PCs are.

(edited to add in link to Windows system that I forgot) D-oh!

Edited 2007-03-29 13:27

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RE[3]: Hope this is real
by unoengborg on Thu 29th Mar 2007 14:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Hope this is real"
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2005-07-06

They need to work out these kinks that cause price disparities, and offer Linux systems (at least hardware certified Linux-compatible) someplace easier to find than their "n" series PCs are.

Even if you find their "n" series, there is no way of knowing if, or what kind of Linux that can run on them. There are no hardware specifications at all, or if they exist not nearly as detailed enough to be useful to Linux people.

What people want to hear before buying, is that all the hardware is supported by the drivers shipped with the vanilla Linux kernel. Having some sort of Linux preinstalled is more like a living proof that it actually works than something that people will actually will use. Most people will probably replace the preinstalled version with their favorite distro.

If this is going to succeed, the offerings need to be for more than a few select systems, and the offerings neeed to be as visible as their Windows offerings, but cheaper at least if it doesn't includes some kind of support agreament from Red Hat or Novell. Most people would probably prefer just cheaper and go with community support.

Another thing that Dell could do to make this work is to create some kind of community website devoted to Linux on Dell. I'm thinking of something like the
http://www.thinkwiki.org that deals with Thinkpads.
It have helped me numerous times to make my Thinkpads work, and is the main reason I always buy them regardless if their immediate use will be for windows or Linux. I'm not sure if Lenovo supports this site though, it would be in their best interest to do so, just like it would be in Dells best interest to make sure that something similar gets going for Dell hardware.

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