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Support wise, the respondents to the survey said that existing community-based support forums would meet their technical support needs for a tested and validated Linux operating system on a Dell. They also indicated that improved hardware support for Linux is as important as the distribution(s) offered. In fact, most of the comments were centered around the drivers and hardware support on the recent Direct2Dell blog post.
Many who commented on the Linux proposal said that free software and drivers were important.Dell responded to that, "For device types where a choice exists between a component with a non-Free driver and one with Free driver availability, in our Linux offering we'll opt to bundle the component with the Free driver."
Addressing GPL based drivers Dell said, "Dell recognizes the importance of open source, GPL-licensed drivers which are maintained upstream in kernel.org. They allow users the widest choice of Linux distributions, effectively taking the specific hardware and distribution out of the decision-making process and let you focus on solving your business problems. We will work with our hardware partners to develop, test, and maintain Free drivers, and continue to make progress towards that goal for all drivers."
As the first OEM to mainstream Linux to the public, not just to the business world, other OEMs such as HP and Lenovo as well as Gateway, will be watching. This will either make or break Dell. However, with the support Linux has, then the venture might just be a viable one for Dell as it struggles to recover form several years worth of declining sales.
While Dell has mentioned several flavors of Linux as possible pre-installed operating systems, they have remained noncommittal on the subject. The rumor is that it will be Ubuntu as the distribution of choice while market watchers say Red Hat or SuSe Linux. The odds are in favor of Ubuntu or Debian. The last question really is price. Just how much will the new Linux computers cost? That is unknown at the moment, but they will likely be cheaper than the current Windows offering. Dell has said that they will seek customer feedback on the future open source projects. http://tech.monstersandcritics.com/news/article_1
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