Dell opens up about Desktop Linux

By Derek Sooman on
The big man of Dell, Michael Dell himself, has said that believes in offering Linux on the desktop, server and workstation. However, he expressed concerns about giving Linux full support on the desktop for the time being. One of his main concerns is around the vast number of distros available, and the difficulty in deciding upon the right one for Dell customers; so many of the distros are just so different from each other.

"If we say we like Ubuntu, then people will say we picked the wrong one. If we say we like and support Ubuntu, Novell, Red Hat and Xandros, then someone would ask us, 'Why don't you support Mandriva?'
Michael remained tight lipped about a long termed favoured distro - right now, Ubuntu is the most popular desktop distribution on Dell PCs, but that could change at any time. He certainly feels that that distro needs better driver support before it could be the Linux of choice for Dell.

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