Waiting for Dell
Opinion: I'm tired of waiting for the big PC vendors to really support desktop Linux.In Samuel Becketts masterpiece, "Waiting for Godot," Godot never arrives, and the play ends with our characters still waiting. I sometimes think Linux users are also stuck in a barren landscape endlessly waiting for Dell, HP, Lenovo, or another major vendor to finally deliver a mass-market Linux desktop. The major desktop players keep flirting with the Linux community, but then they never go all the way. Take, for instance, Lenovo. Last summer, Lenovo agreed to preload Novells SLED 10 (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) on its ThinkPad T60p mobile workstation.
Then, Lenovo started retreating and hemming that they really didnt mean that they would offer it preinstalled. No, no, its just that you could install SLED on the T60p if you really wanted to. Today, if you look at the T60p listing, youll find your only operating system choices are Microsofts Windows Vista Business and XP Professional.