"ray" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> On Tue, 10 Apr 2007 05:16:37 -0500, DP wrote:
> What move? So far they have not done a damned thing. They've offered Linux
> on "select models" for years. IMHO customers should have the freedom of
Obviously they're doing something different. The company is saying so
itself. I didn't make it up:
"The computer maker will offer the open source operating system in desktops
and notebooks following strong customer demand for the machines on the
company's online sounding board, IdeaStorm.
"Dell has a lot of details to finalize, including when it will start
offering Linux consumer PCs, which versions of Linux it will ship, and how
much support it will offer.
"But Matt Domsch, Linux software architect for Dell, says the company is
working on the details, including asking suppliers if they can provide open
if one doesn't exist. "It's not a relationship challenge,
it's a 'How quickly can we do it?' challenge," Domsch says. Dell has
announced it's committed to using open source drivers where possible but
will use proprietary ones if they work better or open source versions don't
As for freedom of choice, I agree. I just don't think Dell will find this
very profitable and will eventually abandon those who want Linux. Just my
opinion. Time will tell if I'm wrong.