Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Apr 2007 22:27 UTC, submitted by editingwhiz
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Officially, Dell hasn't said a word yet about which Linux it will be preloading on its desktops and laptops. Several sources within Dell, however, have told DesktopLinux.com that Dell's desktop Linux pick is going to be Ubuntu. While unable to confirm this through official Dell channels, we have heard the same story now from several internal Dell sources. They tell us that the computer giant will be preinstalling the newly released Ubuntu 7.04. These systems will be released in late May 2007."
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Outstanding!
by Supreme Dragon on Mon 30th Apr 2007 23:59 UTC
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Member since:
2007-03-04

Dell customers will soon have the option of having a quality OS installed, and that will have a great effect on Linux marketshare. Software developers should be making Linux versions of their software, or risk losing customers.

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RE: Outstanding!
by rm6990 on Tue 1st May 2007 02:21 in reply to "Outstanding!"
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2005-07-04

Dell preinstalling Linux isn't going to result in hordes and hordes of new converts. Dell will still offer Windows XP/Vista on all of their computers, and the vast majority of people will simply pick Windows in the OS selection menu.

Also, the words: "Dell recommends Windows Vista Ultimate" or whatever will still be plastered all over their site.

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RE[2]: Outstanding!
by Supreme Dragon on Tue 1st May 2007 02:42 in reply to "RE: Outstanding!"
Supreme Dragon Member since:
2007-03-04

"Dell preinstalling Linux isn't going to result in hordes and hordes of new converts."

The release of Vista, Dell pre-installing Linux, and Linux distros that get better every day, will result in a steady increase in Linux marketshare, at Windows expense.

"Also, the words: "Dell recommends Windows Vista Ultimate" or whatever will still be plastered all over their site."

That will not stop many people from buying computers pre-installed with Linux:

http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=39237

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RE[2]: Outstanding!
by Stock on Tue 1st May 2007 07:28 in reply to "RE: Outstanding!"
Stock Member since:
2005-08-31

What we need then is a company willing to sell OEM linux laptops and desktops only. Without any offerings of Windows. We recommend Ubuntu or Kubuntu should be plastered all over the site.

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