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Dell gives the go-ahead for Linux RRS feed

  • Question

  • Computer giant Dell will start to sell PCs preinstalled with open source Linux operating systems, the firm has said.

     

    The second largest computer maker in the world said it had chosen to offer Linux in response to customer demand.

    Earlier this year, 100,000 people took part in a Dell survey. More than 70% of respondents said they would use Linux.

    Dell has not released details of which versions of Linux it will use or which computers it will run on, but promised an update in the coming weeks.

    "Dell has heard you," said a statement on the firm's website. "Our first step in this effort is offering Linux preinstalled on select desktop and notebook systems."

    Currently the company only offers Microsoft Windows on its computers, but sells servers running Linux.

    Members of the Linux community welcomed the move.

    Nick Veitch, senior editor of Linux Format magazine, described it as "significant".

    "I think it sends a message in two ways," he said.

    "One is that a major company is confident enough to be able to offer Linux preinstalled on a desktop - that sends a signal that Linux is usable to the average user - and I think it shows that there is a growing demand for an alternative to Windows."

     

    So what do you think about it guys???

    Is Linux going to make as good as Windows???

    Sunday, April 1, 2007 6:47 AM

Answers

  • Yes, it could be a good idea because we do have other alternatives like linux and unix which provide large software support enough for SOHO and students. We have wide varieties of linux available for our needs and we can easily modify them.
    Tuesday, April 3, 2007 11:51 AM
  • We cannot simply ignore windows as we have most of the software and hardware supporting windows which are not easily available for linux. There is only one proper way to stick to windows, and that is, to buy an authentic copy of windows and timely update it. We can also avail free technical advice in case of any problem.
    Tuesday, April 3, 2007 11:58 AM

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  • Yes, it could be a good idea because we do have other alternatives like linux and unix which provide large software support enough for SOHO and students. We have wide varieties of linux available for our needs and we can easily modify them.
    Tuesday, April 3, 2007 11:51 AM
  • We cannot simply ignore windows as we have most of the software and hardware supporting windows which are not easily available for linux. There is only one proper way to stick to windows, and that is, to buy an authentic copy of windows and timely update it. We can also avail free technical advice in case of any problem.
    Tuesday, April 3, 2007 11:58 AM