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By: Matt Hartley

Sat, 17 Mar 2007 07:51:33 +0000

Eldergeek: Here is the official response I received after writing another article for OSWeekly.com: ---- Richard (last name withheld) of Dell Inc. writes: Hi Matt, saw your article about Dell and Linux and as we examine various options we would like some additional input from customers. You might find this blog posting of interest http://direct2dell.com/one2one/archive/2007/03/13/7985.aspx ---- In many respects, http://www.system76.com has already conquered this with flying colors. But there is still the remaining specter of legal use of codecs however. Even system76 is legally required to ship PCs without codes installed. Thankfully we have access to this option for easy, easy codec, java and Flash installation. http://www.getautomatix.com/ Finally, this is about to change. http://www.cnr.com Linspire is bringing codecs and proprietary drivers to the mix. Experts agree that proprietary drivers that were otherwise only offered for Windows will be given a chance to be entering the Linux world thanks to this expansion of CNR. Now, Dell is a show pony. No one is actually going to buy PCs from them with Linux in my opinion. But should they truly decide to ignore Microsoft's notorious OEM team and go it against the grain, we would see a market share shift regardless of actual Dell sales of Linux PCs. In another article yet to be posted on MadPenguin.org, I have challenged Dell to back up their talk by making sure Linux is given side by side time with Windows offerings. I want to see their Linux offerings make their way into those silly mailing that are aways showing up in our mailboxes and perhaps even see it given some commercial time. Will it happen? Not as I described...yet. But I have seen this coming. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Linux has a shot to make a little niche for itself in mainstream society. I do not see it ousting Microsoft in the office space just yet. But for the casual home PC user, I see a lot of progress beginning to make some progress here.



By: eldergeek

Sat, 17 Mar 2007 06:49:28 +0000

With all the recent will-they/won't-they hype over the fact that Dell has expressed some interest in possibly offering preloaded Linux on some of their systems (maybe, um, well, we're just curious, sort of) my first thought is that they aren't about to offer a distro that won't play/access/display the same files as are handled by an off-the-shelf Vista package. So, I'm asking myself, why hasn't PCLinuxOS, Freespire, Linux Mint, or some-doggone distro put together a version that's tailored for Dell systems and released it with a publicity fanfare. Opportunity has knocked. Isn't anybody going to answer the door?