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March 29, 2007

Dude, you’re getting a penguin!

Posted by David Hunter at 9:43 PM ET.

With apologies to the Dell Dude, what better way to title the news that Dell will be offering PCs with Linux preinstalled:

Since launching Dell IdeaStorm [Dell's new customer suggestion site - ed.] a little more than a month ago, one idea has risen to and stayed at the top: better support for Linux.

Dell has heard you and we will expand our Linux support beyond our existing servers and Precision workstation line. Our first step in this effort is offering Linux pre-installed on select desktop and notebook systems. We will provide an update in the coming weeks that includes detailed information on which systems we will offer, our testing and certification efforts, and the Linux distribution(s) that will be available. The countdown begins today.

Many of you posted comments to our Direct2Dell blog, indicating that you were less concerned about a specific distribution than you are about support at the kernel level and open driver support. We are working on this too, and you can read more about our efforts in today’s Direct2Dell post.

You may recall that Dell rather tentatively offered kludgey “open source” PCs back in 2005, but this seems like it will be the real deal with full support. It’s not like they don’t have experience – back in June of last year, Dell claimed that 25% of its servers ran Linux.

Filed under Coopetition, Dell, Linux, Microsoft, Open Source

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One Response to “Dude, you’re getting a penguin!”

  1. Dell does Ubuntu and seeks Wal-Mart shoppers -- Cool Tech Reviews Says:

    [...] As had been promised, Dell today announced three computers with the Ubuntu 7.04 Linux distribution preloaded. There was a bigger surprise, however, in the other announcement that Dell would start selling exclusive models of their PCs at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club retail stores in the USA and Canada.  [...]

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