Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Aug 2009 16:07 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Linux We already discussed David Finch, Dell's senior product marketing manager for Linux clients, last week. We missed, however, some more interesting statements by Finch; Dell is looking into the ARM-based netbook smartbook market, and close to a third of all of Dell's netbooks ship with Linux.
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Why the doubts?
by Vic Davery on Tue 18th Aug 2009 08:05 UTC
Vic Davery
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2009-07-29

Thom says:
t really see this as a problem, as he explains to PCWorld that close to a third of Dell's netbooks ship with Linux pre-installed, which I have to say, is a pretty hopeful figure.
Why is this a "hopeful" figure? Are you questioning what Finch says? Do you have more accurate information?

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RE: Why the doubts?
by lemur2 on Tue 18th Aug 2009 09:08 in reply to "Why the doubts?"
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2007-02-17

Thom says:
t really see this as a problem, as he explains to PCWorld that close to a third of Dell's netbooks ship with Linux pre-installed, which I have to say, is a pretty hopeful figure.
Why is this a "hopeful" figure? Are you questioning what Finch says? Do you have more accurate information?


Thom said the figure was "hopeful" not "doubtful".

"Hopeful" means "full of hope".

Thom is saying that a figure of 30% of Dell netbook shipments is promising for Linux, rather than saying there is anything to question about what Todd Finch said.

Another mention of it is here (on the second page), in case anyone thinks Mr Finch may have been misquoted:
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9136733/Dell_plans_to_expand...
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9136733/Dell_plans_to_expand...

"The growing interest in Linux is partly driven by Dell's success with Linux on its netbooks. Close to a third of all netbooks Dell ships during certain quarters are preloaded with Linux, he said.

Dell is currently the fifth-largest netbook vendor worldwide, according to IDC's Chou. Linux-based netbooks made up about 5% of overall worldwide shipments during the last quarter.


There you go ... Linux has 5% of the netbook market (a quote from an independent source). This despite Microsoft's best efforts to kill Linux in that market (after all, most netbook OEMs now do not offer a Linux variant at all).

Also 100% of the (just-starting) smartbook market (Microsoft has almost no skin in that game at all).

As Thom said ... hopeful.

Edited 2009-08-18 09:12 UTC

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RE[2]: Why the doubts?
by steogede2 on Wed 19th Aug 2009 13:26 in reply to "RE: Why the doubts?"
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2007-08-17


Thom said the figure was "hopeful" not "doubtful".

"Hopeful" means "full of hope".

Thom is saying that a figure of 30% of Dell netbook shipments is promising for Linux, rather than saying there is anything to question about what Todd Finch said.


Hopeful can also mean optimistic. He appears to think that Thom implied that the figure was an optimistic estimation as opposed to a realistic measure.

Of course he misunderstood Thom, Dell have no need to estimate the number of Linux netbooks they have sold - they have the exact figures to hand. I think 'encouraging' would have been a much better word to use.

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