Sunday, February 25th 2007

Linux gets a Boost from Dell

After conducting a survey to find out what consumers wanted, desktop and notebook builder Dell has announced that it is planning a new line of computers which have the option of pre-installed Linux. Until now, Dell hasn’t been overly keen to provide the open source operating system, opting instead to persuade users towards Windows. However, this new line of user-ready certified desktops and laptops could encourage people buying a new computer to give Linux a try, with SUSE Linux being made available on a number of OptiPlex and Precision desktops, along with Latitude notebooks. The company may eventually choose to expand its range of Linux machines and even offer more distributions, but at present it is only working with Novell.Source: COMPUTERWORLD
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13 Comments on Linux gets a Boost from Dell

#1
strick94u
Like most of us Linux users need dell to build us a PC,though not searching 100 user groups to find a working modem or wireless driver would be nice
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#2
EastCoasthandle
wow, that's big news there. Hopefully it will catch on
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#3
jocksteeluk
since linux is open source what odds would you give on Dell developing their own dell branded version with full support should this venture be successful?
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Strange move by Dell, but I guess Mikey knows what he is doing.
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#5
magibeg
Call it whatever you want but it seems the mighty dell has listened to the users and is acting accordingly. This is a big step towards Open Source in general. If dell does make its own set of special open source drivers and such that would be great. Just decompile it all and add it to the open source community :D. (on a side note i believe novell is owned by microsoft so we're still a far cry from being free from MS's grasp)
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#6
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
True...but still a strange move by Dell to say the least. Of course, with the recent problems they have had their, its no wonder they are doing this.
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kakazza
by: strick94u
Like most of us Linux users need dell to build us a PC,though not searching 100 user groups to find a working modem or wireless driver would be nice
And you've last used linux when?
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strick94u
by: kakazza
And you've last used linux when?
Oh because I use Xp means I'm not a true Linux user? Lets see my first linux install was in 1994 32 bit Red hat caught my eye ran it off the floppy but much like the dos commands the pretty Gui has me forgetting much of the terminal commands. I have 7 pc's in this house and a mac and I don't like Linux better than Xp or mac better than 2000.But I use them all I also know I am not the only multi user on here :slap: Thanks for the doubt I hope we can move on from here or do you need a screen shot?
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#9
Benpi
I'll definately not buy a Linux PC. I want my software to work, thank you very much.
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Wile E
Power User
by: Benpi
I'll definately not buy a Linux PC. I want my software to work, thank you very much.
Bashing Linux now? Just because you can't get it to work, doesn't mean the software doesn't work.

Back on topic: I think this is good news, I would like to see Linux become more accessible to more users. User friendliness is it's key pitfall, imo.
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#11
Jimmy 2004
TBH, when I did try Linux, once I actually got round to trying Wine (the Windows 'emulator') it did seem to work ok. Takes a while to get used to, but it isn't as bad as some people make out. Software is getting easier to install, but drivers are a pain.
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#12
kakazza
Well, I have had no problems with my wifi or any other driver ever since. But that's probably because I always used Live-CD based installs which have excellent driver support like kanotix has. (kanotix.com)

I also tried Slack and it worked like a charm too.
Don't like SuSE too much, apt-get > YaST anytime ;)

So far all my hardware worked, so... I can't remember installing a driver on linux >_>
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Wile E
Power User
by: kakazza
Well, I have had no problems with my wifi or any other driver ever since. But that's probably because I always used Live-CD based installs which have excellent driver support like kanotix has. (kanotix.com)

I also tried Slack and it worked like a charm too.
Don't like SuSE too much, apt-get > YaST anytime ;)

So far all my hardware worked, so... I can't remember installing a driver on linux >_>
Do you have ATI?
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