Why Wont Dell Promote Its Linux Desktops?

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-02-27 Print this article Print

Opinion: Perhaps because its partner Microsoft doesn't want it (or any other major PC vendor) to. (DesktopLinux)

Last Thursday, when I wrote about Dells new Linux desktop, was one of the most frustrating days of my professional life. My eWEEK colleague John Spooner and I tried our best to get Dell to confess that they really had released an honest-to-God Linux desktop. But Dell simply wouldnt do it.
I have been following Linux since Linus Torvalds was a graduate student, and Dell since Michael Dell moved his computer sales operation out of his dorm room. I think theyve done something new here.
Everyone I talked with, including Dan "The Best Operating System Analyst on the Planet" Kusnetzky, thought Dell was doing something new. The only folks who disagreed live in Austin, Texas, and work for Dell. What is going on here? Why isnt Dell, as one mid-level IT executive I spoke with said, "shouting it from the roof tops?" Read the full story on DesktopLinux: Why wont Dell promote its Linux desktops? 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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