Dell to Add Linux-Certified Desktops, Laptops

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-02-26 Print this article Print

CIOs can expect to see SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 as an option on Dell's OptiPlex desktops, Latitude notebooks and Precision workstations soon. (

The public spoke and said, "We want a Linux desktop," and Dell listened. On Feb. 23, the company announced that, as a result of "the communitys interest in open-source solutions like Linux and OpenOffice... we are working with Novell to certify our corporate client products for Linux..." This will include "our OptiPlex desktops, Latitude notebooks and Dell Precision workstations. This is another step towards ensuring that our customers have a good experience with Linux on our systems," the company continued.
To read more about why Dell is giving the Linux desktop its "full attention," click here.
Thus, we can soon expect to see Novells SLED 10 (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) as an option on Dells business desktop lines. This is no real surprise, since Novell and Dell have been slowly working together on Linux desktop projects. For example, the two have been working together on device drivers. On the consumer side, Dell reported, "We dont want to pick one distribution and alienate users with a preference for another. "We want users to have the opportunity to help define the market for Linux on desktop and notebook systems. In addition to working with Novell, we are also working with other distributors and evaluating the possibility of additional certifications across our product line." Read the full story on Dell to Add Linux-Certified Desktops, Laptops Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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