Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Dell, stalling on Linux

Despite consumer demand, company isn't ready to commit to selling laptops with Linux pre-installed

Despite obvious support for the idea last week from thousands of visitors on its new customer suggestion Web site, IdeaStorm, the company said it's not yet building machines with Linux pre-loaded for the consumer and business markets.

Last Friday night, Dell posted a note on the IdeaStorm Web site saying it was listening to thousands of users who had posted messages asking for Linux on its machines by moving forward to certify three of its corporate hardware lines -- OptiPlex desktops, Latitude notebooks, and Dell Precision workstations -- for use with Novell SUSE Linux.

My guess is that one of the Asian manufacturers will be the first to build a Linux PC.

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