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Old 30th March, 2007, 04:02 PM
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Dell expand its Linux lineup to include additional desktop and notebook systems.

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Dell's new love for Linux: the proof is in the penguins
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In response to recent demand for Linux preinstallation, Dell plans to expand its Linux offerings. At the present time, Dell's Linux lineup is limited to three Dell Precision workstations which come with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and sell for the exact same price as the equivalent Windows-based systems. After conducting a survey to help determine the wants and needs of Linux users, Dell decided to expand its Linux lineup to include additional desktop and notebook systems....

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Old 31st March, 2007, 02:56 PM
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Thank you Dell.

Much like when governments and corporations all started competing with eachother in linux deployments, the announcement that Dell is offering Desktop linux, and possibly super cheap linux computers will mean that others will have to follow suit.

It sounds like a small achievement, but really this is an important step. It means that for the first time, Windows is an OPTION, not a GIVEN. We, the people, have a choice.
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I hope your right! Yet we've seen Dell do this before, threaten MS with Linux to leverage a better Windows deal. This does look a bit to far down the line for them to back out, but they could still "reduce" their offering.

But I hope this is the moment in time where things take a turn for the better.
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There's another post related to this in the inquirer:

http://theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=38611

It really does make a lot of sense for them. If community software/OS support os sufficient, as it is for most Linux users, then all Dell really has to do is ensure that its hardware is out of the box compatible with Linux.

At worst, this means that Dell will be somewhat commited to improving and maintaining Linux drivers over time.

At best, we could see others following suit, and making this a mainstream choice.

The biggest issues faced by Linux on the desktop are hardware support, ease of use, and community perception.

If Dell and others like IBM continue to work on the hardware side, Ubuntu and others work on ease of use, and the world beginning to see Linux as a cool alternative to Vista, things are going to look up.

The security, stability, software, and choice is all there, it just needs a gentle push from some big suits.

And as for Office 2007... Its quite possibly the biggest failure Microsoft has had since Windows ME. Several people I know have had it deployed in their workplaces, only to find that nobody knows how to use it given its divergence from previous interfaces and file formats. A large school that a good friend sysadmins at has just asked that their 'upgrade' to 2007 be revoked, and their Office 2003 licence be restored in its place, because the entire campus was grinding to a halt.

OpenOffice doesn't even need time to mature. Its here now, and ready to go.
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Seems strange that MS would break new ground,or try to with office. From what little I've read installed user base is about all it had going for it with regards to FREE Linux office.

By making it strange, they open the door for their customers to try other apps equally as strange...seems a dumb move...

Besides most office users aren't PC nuts hankering for the latest. They just want it to work like it did yesterday so they can go home on time!
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I checked out Dell's Linux lineup and I have to say that the offering is quite pitiful. I would expect at the very least comparable offerings to their Windows counterparts (if not the same models) for the same amount of money (or less.) However, you seem to be getting less computer for the same amount of cash you'd pay for one of their Vista computers. As a sidenote, their Linux computers are also much uglier than their MS offerings.

Nice start, Dell. However, you really need to get these computers up to the level of your others in order to make it worthwhile for the consumer.
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They only decided to start supporting their hardware under linux, it will be a few months before its in full swing.
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