Dell plans to expand Linux support beyond existing offers of servers and the Precision workstation line. That means Linux pre-installed on select desktop and notebook systems, although which specific models is currently unclear. On Friday February 16, Dell launched IdeaStorm where it allowed the public to suggest what the second largest PC maker should aim for. Linux support was the number one request and on March 13, Dell launched a detailed Linux survey asking for feedback. Dell claims over 100,000 people took the survey, of which highlights include:
- More than 70% of survey respondents said they would use a Dell system with a Linux operating system for both home and office use.
- Survey respondents indicated they want a selection of notebook and desktop offerings.
- Majority of survey respondents said that existing community-based support forums would meet their technical support needs for a tested and validated Linux operating system on a Dell system.
- Survey respondents indicated that improved hardware support for Linux is as important as the distribution(s) offered.