What flavor Linux do Dell users want?

Either Dell is really going through with putting Linux on their products or they are interested in doing extensive research before making the final decision. In a new desktop Linux survey, Dell begins by asking which models of Dell desktop and notebook systems customers prefer, where they're used and what applications customers use on them – in other words, Dell wants to know what a Linux desktop system will be used for. Dell's survey goes on to ask what level of Linux support people want from them. Would support from software vendors and the open-source community be enough, or do consumers want full-scale corporate support? Finally, Dell asks customers which distributions they would most like to see: Novell/SUSE, Red Hat, Fedora, openSUSE or Ubuntu. Users also have the option of nominating their favorite Linux distribution that isn't on that list.

In the Dell blog that introduces the Linux survey, Matt Domsch, Dell's Linux software architect, wrote: "We're crafting product offerings in response, but we'd like a little more direct feedback from you: your preferences, your desires. We recognize some people prefer notebooks over desktops, high-end models over value models, your favorite Linux distribution, telephone-based support over community-based support, and so on. We can't offer everything -- all systems, all distributions, all support options -- so we've crafted a survey to let you help us prioritize what we should deliver for you."

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That's great. You Linux users have been whining for years to get Linux preinstalled on machines. Now it's happening, and you can't agree on what distro to use.

Do you realise what you have just said? Let me help you: this is the most ridiculous idea I have read on this website since 2003.

On another note, it would be more feasible for Dell to strike a deal with Novell or RedHat. Novell seems like the best option though.

There are more than enough distros. Dell are very much a hardware company, it'd be a huge step for them to go from Windows only to creating their own OS...

wicker_man said,
Do you realise what you have just said? Let me help you: this is the most ridiculous idea I have read on this website since 2003.

On another note, it would be more feasible for Dell to strike a deal with Novell or RedHat. Novell seems like the best option though.

What did you read in 2003? I'm intrigued.

LOL.. I totally took advantage of the 'Other'

After selecting everything.. I added Porn.. LOL!

But really.. they should think about releasing 3 types.. 1 for beginners, 2 for moderate, 3 for experts.

wize_guy123 said,
LOL.. I totally took advantage of the 'Other'

After selecting everything.. I added Porn.. LOL!

But really.. they should think about releasing 3 types.. 1 for beginners, 2 for moderate, 3 for experts.

how old are you again?

ehh.. I disagree, I have used both extensively and I would say that Ubuntu is more stable and has a better package management system (as well as more packages.) Overall, the debian package management seems more secure and robust than rpm. Plus, the community is enormous and you can ALWAYS find help.

Just give us a "Linux Certified" or "Linux Ready" laptop for the same prices and include the same deals as windows users get. Dont bother offering support.

THIS to me is the logical first step.

CaKeY said,
Just give us a "Linux Certified" or "Linux Ready" laptop for the same prices and include the same deals as windows users get. Dont bother offering support.

THIS to me is the logical first step.

Microsoft gives them money/incentives for installing MS Windows... so the same price might not be possible.

shockz said,
Microsoft gives them money/incentives for installing MS Windows... so the same price might not be possible.
This is a great indicator of how tight of a stranglehold Microsoft has on the computing industry. When software that is free to install ends up costing more than Windows because of lost "MSFT Bundling Deals", it says that some company has too much say in dictating what gets preinstalled on consumer PCs.

shockz said,

Microsoft gives them money/incentives for installing MS Windows... so the same price might not be possible.


I don't think they actually do. It is more of the trialware that gets them the money.