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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2007 Could be the Year of the Linux Desktop
by SEJeff on Tue 1st May 2007 02:02 UTC
SEJeff
Member since:
2005-11-05

This is it... 2007 will be remembered as the "Year of the Linux Desktop" that analysts have been talking about forever.

The only thing preventing it was a large IHV (Independent Hardware Vendor) to preinstall Linux on it's computers. Dell would certainly count as a large IHV.

Think of what this will do for Ubuntu visibility... wow!

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rm6990 Member since:
2005-07-04

Think of what this will do for Ubuntu visibility... wow!


1) This product will NEVER make it onto Dell's front-page, and they will likely never advertise it on TV. This is being done to please existing customers who already use Linux (or to attract non-customers that use Linux), NOT to widely promote Linux as an alternative to Windows.

2) At best, it will be an additional option on SOME desktops, and the vast majority of users will ignore it and choose Windows.

3) It WILL cost more, guaranteed. This is because Dell receives kickbacks for the crapware they bundle on their PCs, which won't be happening on Linux anytime soon. So it won't even be available as a cheaper option for people who want to buy it, wipe it and install a pirated Windows. And no one is going to pay more for an OS they have never heard of before that won't run all the software they already own and know how to use.

Being realistic, Dell is doing this to please a small minority of their customers, and will do little to nothing to actually promote it to Joe Blow. As much as I want to see Linux succeed, I don't see this as being the major development a lot of people seem to think it is. I see it as primarily a publicity stunt.

Call me when, on computers that offer both Windows and Ubuntu, you see "Dell recommends Ubuntu Linux" or w/e. The only alternative OS I could see Dell pushing as a major alternative to Windows is Mac OS X, and the day when Apple licenses it to Dell is the day hell freezes over.

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rm6990 Member since:
2005-07-04

[sarcasm] Gee, the moderation system on this site is clearly working. Obviously my comment was trolling and my points have no basis in-fact whatsoever. I clearly deserved to be moderated down. [/sarcasm]

[cluebat] I regularily mod up people I disagree with if they have good points, and mod down people I do agree with if they are trolling or whatever. The mod system wasn't put in place to mod down people you don't agree with![/cluebat]

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apoclypse Member since:
2007-02-17

The great thing about Ubuntu is that it doesn't need to be advertised. The Logo is easily recognizable, the slogan is easy to remember. They name the dev versions of the distro something catchy, and funny. The advertising and marketing behind Ubuntu is word of mouth. People are generally excited about the distro. How can Dell not try to tap into that. If Canonical works closely with Dell maybe we can have a more thoroughly tested release. The issue with Ubuntu is that its not as large as RedHat or Suse, they have a team of about 40 and usually run out of time every release. Things get deferred a lot in each release. Hopefully, they will get more developers. I also think that Ubuntu is different enough in terms of culture, that Dell wants to try something new.

I will personally purchase a laptop from them with ubuntu. I just wish they would have better designs on them. I like more sleek looking hardware and there stuff is pretty bulky. I'm more worried about the very short upgrade intervals. Maybe a yearly release will instead of a bi-yearly release at least with official releases with the second release being more an update and bug hunt release.

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Silent_Seer Member since:
2007-04-06

Year of the linux desktop will arrive when major vendors (not necessarily all) provide Linux PCs, support them AND advertise for them.

But this is a small step in the right direction. If major vendors discreetly offer linux as Dell is going to do,at least the customer has a choice.

But not if that thing is overpriced and not supported. It could worth nothing, something just done to shut up our mouths. Let's see.

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