Dells with Linux? For Real?

By Deane Barker on February 26, 2007

Hey dude, you’re getting Linux on that Dell: Could it actually happen? They certainly sound serious.

After collecting some 1,800 new product and service ideas from IT users and customers using an online “suggestion box,” Dell Inc. has announced that it’s taking the user suggestions seriously and will soon debut and sell a new line of certified, user-ready Linux-loaded desktop and laptop computers.

From the announcement:

[…] we are working with Novell to certify our corporate client products for Linux, including our OptiPlex desktops, Latitude notebooks and Dell Precision workstations. This is another step towards ensuring that our customers have a good experience with Linux on our systems.

I wonder what they’ll pick for a distro. They make some odd comments in their announcement about not wanting to pick a single distro, but I don’t see how they can get around that.

Via CMS Report.



  1. if it is novell, then Suse Linux will be the distro of choice…

    good distro and enough support to stop newbie users from pestering Dell with OS problems.

    Nice one!

  2. The next question would be where the Linux units fall into line price-wise. I was shopping for a Dell a while back, and they had a few machines listed online that came with no OS installed (I was going to install Ubuntu on the one I was ordering), but they turned out to be more expensive than if I were to order one with the same specs bundled with XP Home.

    The MS OS Monster might get the better of us all on this one as well.

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