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dell's unix problem

     
10:59 pm on May 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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from forbes [forbes.com]:
Dell became a hero to Linux fans worldwide when it announced last week that it would begin selling PCs loaded with the Linux operating system instead of Microsoft's Windows.

But a week later Dell may have blown that good will away. Monday the Round Rock, Texas, computer maker announced another Linux deal--but this one is going to anger Linux supporters.

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And Dell's decision to work with Microsoft and Novell to promote Novell’s version of Linux is not going to go over well.

2:51 pm on May 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I doubt that this will hurt Dell with serious business customers. Dell is offering the option to have machines loaded with Red Hat, Suse, and now Ubuntu - a good range of popular Linux releases.

This makes good business sense, and too bad if a few tin-foil hats are offended. You can make philosophical arguments, but Suse certainly is popular, and from my own experience there's a lot to like about Suse. (I worked on a project where the customer dictated Suse. I grumbled at first, but found it quite likable.)

It would be a disservice to their customers NOT to offer Suse. Those who are opposed on moral grounds can choose one of the other available OSs.

5:50 am on May 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

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what dell is selling is the
the “[intellectual property] assurance” that Novell and Microsoft offer.