Dell Gives Desktop Linux Its Full Attention

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-02-21 Print this article Print

Dell users want desktop Linux, and the PC maker appears to be listening. (

In an attempt to boost its sagging fortunes, Dell, one of the leading PC makers in America, recently launched the Dell Idea Storm Web site to solicit ideas on how to get Dell back to the top. The most popular idea so far? Desktops with pre-installed Linux. Dell is taking it seriously. In a brief e-mail exchange with Bob Pearson, Dells vice president of corporate group communications, said, "Youre right that Linux is one of the hottest topics on Idea Storm."
Specifically, users wanted the Top 3 free Linuxes—Ubuntu, Fedora, and openSUSE—offered as selections for the Dell desktop. The Linux option was almost twice as popular as the next option, which was to have OpenOffice pre-installed instead of Microsoft Works, or a trial version of Microsoft Office.
After that, the fourth most popular option was for Dell to offer a laptop with Linux pre-installed. The fifth on the list was, if Dell couldnt offer Linux pre-installed, to start offering systems without any operating system. Dell has long offered workstations with Red Hat Linux Enterprise Linux WS 4 installed. There was also a time when Dell made one of its computers, the Dimension E510n PC, available with a blank hard disk. Today, Dell offers several of its low-priced nSeries desktops without an installed operating system. Read the full story on Dell Gives Desktop Linux Its Full Attention Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
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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