Barely a month after Dell execs responded negatively to IdeaStorm requests for pre-loaded Linux on PCs and laptops -- choosing one distribution that would satisfy its customers was too difficult -- they have changed their tune.
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.
Reaction is varied, according to SiliconValley.com. One observer says the move sends two messages: 1) Linux is "usable" by John Q. Public. 2) Demand for a Windows alternative is increasing.
On the other hand, tech blogger Dwight Silverman says Linux users will be glad that Dell is offering Linux, but they won't actually become customers. They will continue to build their own systems.