It may first appear that Dell is offering small office/home office buyers a Linux-based PC, but what the company is actually offering is simply a PC without a Microsoft operating system.
FreeDOS is an open-source version of MS-DOS that Dell E510n users can install. The operating system is also freely available at the FreeDOS Web site.
However, although the E510n PC is advertised as “a desktop on which you can run Linux or other open-source operating systems,” Dell will not install Linux: FreeDOS is you only choice.
In addition, as it says on the products Web site, “Dell does not support non-Dell installed operating systems.” So, if you install a Linux and it doesnt work, youll need to look to your Linux distributor for any technical support.
The desktops base configuration lists for $849. It comes with a Pentium 4 630 processor, 512MB DDR2 memory, a 128MB ATI Radeon X300SE HyperMemory video card, a 80GB SATA hard drive and one-year limited warranty.
As usual, Dell offers a variety of additional configurations on this base package.
This isnt the first time that Dell has offered a PC without an installed operating system. In 2002, Dell started offering other nSeries systems without an operating system.
Dell, itself, though, only offers RHEL WS (Red Hat Enterprise Linux WorkStation) on its Precision workstations.