Over at LinuxToday, my buddy Brian Proffitt has suggested that Dell should stop pussy-footing around and simply pick a desktop distribution and get on with it.
In my recent interview with Michael Dell, I actually asked him that question... several times.
We went around and around it, but now, after our conversation, and having read Brians story, I think I finally get why Dell wont do it.
I realize, in fact, that Dell is very unlikely to ever support a desktop Linux until theres either a clear winner, or theres enough in common among the major popular distributions that Dell can support all of them without undue effort.
Why? Because Dell is not a leader.
Dell, in particular, but all the major OEMs are inherently conservative businesses. Michael Dell doesnt want to be a Linux leader.