Dell to Release Pre-installed Linux Desktops, Laptops

 
 
By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-03-28 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

News Analysis: Dell will soon become the first major desktop vendor to release mass-market desktops and laptops with pre-installed Linux. (DesktopLinux)

Dell contacted DesktopLinux.com on March 28 to let us know that the company will be releasing select desktop and notebook systems with pre-installed Linux as an option in the coming weeks. Dell, however, is still playing its Linux cards close to its vest. For example, we do not know at this time which Linux distribution—or distributions—it will be supporting, or what Dell desktop and laptop machines will have pre-installed Linux as an option. David Lord, a Dell spokesperson, did say, however, that Dell has been listening to its users and that the users want home and office desktops and laptops.
Dells current offering in this area includes the Inspiron and Latitude laptops and the Dimension and OptiPlex desktops.
The new systems, Lord added, will be true pre-installed Linux systems—and not just a PC with a blank hard drive and a bootable CD or DVD. Software support is likely to come from the community, however, rather than from Dell.
Lord added, however, that hardware support on the Dell Linux systems is likely to be the same as it offers on its Windows-powered systems. According to Lord, Dell will also make buying the new Linux-powered PCs as easy as possible for customers. Specifically how Dell will to do this—making Linux an option in Dells standard sales configuration menu, setting up special pages for Dell Linux systems, or some other approach—the company is not yet ready to say. Read the full story on DesktopLinux: Here come the Dell Linux desktops, laptops 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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