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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RE[2]: Outstanding!
by Supreme Dragon on Tue 1st May 2007 02:42 UTC 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[3]: Outstanding!
by rm6990 on Tue 1st May 2007 04:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Outstanding!"
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2005-07-04

I've been hearing for years that Linux will steadily decrease Windows' marketshare, yet thusfar the results haven't exactly been major. The dent Linux has caused in Microsoft's marketshare is about as damaging as a slight rounding error, and Microsoft is raking in record revenues and profits. In-fact, Vista, which is allegedly pushing everyone to Linux, caused Microsoft to beat their own guidance profit-wise to the tune of half a billion dollars, which is no chump change, even for Microsoft. Of course, arguing about what will happen is kind of pointless. Let's just wait and see.

Of course, I can't help but be skeptical, considering every single year since the late 90's has been "the year of the Linux desktop", when nothing has really changed.

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RE[4]: Outstanding!
by Supreme Dragon on Tue 1st May 2007 04:32 in reply to "RE[3]: Outstanding!"
Supreme Dragon Member since:
2007-03-04

"I've been hearing for years that Linux will steadily decrease Windows' marketshare, yet thusfar the results haven't exactly been major."

Vista is a market changing product, software that bad can't maintain Microsoft's monopoly. Linux desktop usability is better than ever, while Vista is pathetic.

"In-fact, Vista, which is allegedly pushing everyone to Linux, caused Microsoft to beat their own guidance profit-wise to the tune of half a billion dollars,"

Did you read the link I posted? If you did, you would have read this:

"A lot of the 65 per cent rise in Microsoft's Q3 revenues was brought forward from the previous quarter and is related to a coupon scheme it funded."

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

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