Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th May 2009 20:59 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu When Dell announced a shift in its Linux strategy last week, accompanied by a new netbook, many wondered why Dell insisted on pre-loading Ubuntu 8.04, instead of newer versions of the popular Linux distribution such as 8.10 or 9.04. BetaNews contacted Dell about it, and Dell replied explaining their rationale behind opting for 8.04.
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Why not Dell doesn't sell notebooks without OS and, if the user prefer, sell with windows or ubuntu as an additional service?

I want freedom to choice and no OS is the better option for me and many users who have technical capability to install a linux, a windows or other systems.

Some Dell machines can be ordered with "FreeDOS", which is pretty much no OS at all. ;-) It costs the same as ordering with Ubuntu, though, since both are free-as-in-beer operating systems (if we stretch the definition for FreeDOS). I don't see a FreeDOS option for the netbooks, though.

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visconde_de_sabugosa Member since:

But at least here Dell Brazil doesn't offer the FreeDOS option to the consumer line of notebooks and desktops, only for the business line. Therefore, only the most expensive and less attractive for consumers models are offered.

I don't want be obliged to pay any forced tax for an OEM operating system which I don't want to use.

The solution is simple: always offer FreeDOS as an option and certify a few linux distributions and a few windows versions as certified operating systems. And for the lazy or ignorant (to install the operating system themself) people offer windows, ubuntu or any other OEM OS selling/installation as an additional service.

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