Dell asking customers on their choice of Linux distro

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Dell asking customers on their choice of Linux distro
Dell is the world’s second largest personal computer maker after Hewlett Packard. The company recently announced an initiative where they asked their customers suggestions to improve their market position.
One of the hottest suggestions to have emerged was for the company to launch Linux loaded machines. Dell has [...]

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will it reduce the prices of dell pc's and notebooks? if yes then by how much?will it reduce the prices of dell pc's and notebooks? if yes then by how much?
 

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neh. if they do ship machines with linux, they would ship it with some kind of support plan. and that would cost more than windows.the basic requirement is ship the machine with no OS or freedos like OS.
 


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When building a PC with Linux is mind, you have to do your own research on whether the hardware is well supported. Not many people would want to do that. Hence they would go for something which works out of the box. Dell should ship PC with Linux configured to work out of the box without the customer having to figure out how it all works. As far as support is concerned they could have various levels of support. And for those who cant afford support there is always the community approach. Maybe Dell could host its own Linux Forums only discussing hardware/software shipped with Dell
 

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the problem with loading linux is that every individual has his own choice of a linux distro. a user who likes ubuntu would hate to buy a PC with mandriva (with support) on it. dell would have to limit their offering to 1 or max 2 distros to keep things under control.and another thing. linux is more frequently updated. that further messes up their standardisation process of offering Linux with their machines.
 

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People using Linux use it because it comes with greater freedom/choice and there is relative stability and security with it too. These people like the fact that they can configure their hardware and software exactly the way they want it. Then there are others who just want their PC to work without worrying about kernel hardware, dependencies, free vs proprietary software arguments and all such things.It would be a mistake on Dell's part to focus on the first type of customers. Instead Dell could concentrate on people who may not have tried Linux before or the second type. I think they would be happy with the distro it comes with and wouldnt want to tinker too much with their PC settings as long as everything works as expected.The main problem with Linux as a desktop OS is the 'do it yourself approach'. Many people would be happy with getting XP for 4 to 6k or whatever it costs these days. These users do not care about the licensing and I dont think they should. For example, there are so many people I know who work in tech support and dont know about DRMs and why it is bad. They would happily upgrade to latest windows media player.Linux is good for people who dont mind hours trying to configure stuff, but frustrating for those who only think of the pc as an entertainment device.Hence it is going to be tough for Dell to accommodate all these and several more factors to offer a Linux ready PC, but I hope they do start something new.