Dell & Linux: plans for Linux outside the US, and more

According to its company blog, Dell has plans to offer Ubuntu Linux to more consumers in additional locations outside the United States as well as to small business customers. Further information will come this summer. The world's second PC manufacturer also plans to have an expanded group of Linux engineers (including Matt Domsch, John Hull and Michael E. Brown) provide frequent minor updates regarding the operating system via the Linux category on the company blog. Dell seems to be quite stubborn in giving consumers what they want and the company may have started quite a ripple in the Linux community: 'If the rumors about HP offering Ubuntu are true, we're glad to see other vendors join us in support of Ubuntu and open source. We welcome HP and other system vendors that want to join in this initiative.'

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News source: Direct2Dell

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After seeing this about Dell using Ubuntu in some of their systems awhile ago I went to their site and had a look. This lead me to Ubuntu's site and I ordered their FREE CDs. Well. Soon after the CDs arrived Vista screwed up in a major way again so I decided to give Windows a rest for a while and try out Linux instead. Well, you don't truly realize just how unstable Windows, any Windows, actually is until you really use another OS like Linux.

I may never go back to Windows as my primary OS. As it is I have VirtualBox with my old XP in it for some of my favorite programs, and as for my games there is always Cedega, or Crossover, that work pretty good at emulating a Windows gaming environment and will run the majority of games with very little trouble.

Foub said,
"Well, you don't truly realize just how unstable Windows, any Windows, actually is until you really use another OS like Linux. "


Are you joking....have you ever worked in a corporate company...almost all the OS are stable in operation...Microsoft never allow its developers to create a *unstable* OS as you say.

Preferably most big MNC's create a specific configured virtual images (XP SP2 + off 03 in general, now in our company we use Vista + off07) & they use it to install to new PC (with same config), which runs for years without any issues....so do you mean all those are unstable?

guruparan said,
Are you joking....have you ever worked in a corporate company...almost all the OS are stable in operation...Microsoft never allow its developers to create a *unstable* OS as you say.

That is because they only do very little on them with regard to what they use on them. Plus, there is also the IT who is CONSTANTLY looking after them.

Preferably most big MNC's create a specific configured virtual images (XP SP2 + off 03 in general, now in our company we use Vista + off07) & they use it to install to new PC (with same config), which runs for years without any issues....so do you mean all those are unstable?

That you know of. That is the thing with using an image file. As long as your data is backed up you can reset it. Believe me. I have 25 years experience with Windows. Microsoft's most stable OS was DOS, and still is. BTW, Vista is really still in beta.

For a home user it can be very unstable in comparison because they use a wider variety of apps and games as well as hardware.

In India, In almost all the Retail PC selling shops, they preinstall Linux (Redhat & sometimes Ubuntu) to the machines & sell without any extra charge for a new PC..

Know what people do? -> Ask the sales man to install XP (even if they want to give some Rs3000) extra for an OEM copy. Dont know how much time it will take to learn linux for them...(like me, who doesnt even know wat it is like!, bcos i am moving all the time around windows since it my primary earning business machine).

Point being?

I'm pretty sure that people in India wouldn't go through the hassle of finding and ordering a linux box that costs about the same as a windows box just for the sake of having some "fun" installing windows themselves.

To put it another way: if your intention was to discredit Dell's sales of linux boxes, you failed.

Good news whether you like it or not. Were finally seeing an end to the Microsoft Windows only option. Unfortunately, we're all aware of the dirty tactics Microsoft uses to make Windows the only option. I'm sure they will try to play those cards here, knowing the US Govt will only slap them on the wrist.

In any case, good for you Dell. And HP apparently.