__/ [ Vinella ] on Thursday 23 February 2006 00:32 \__
> On Thu, 23 Feb 2006 00:07:52 +0000, B Gruff wrote:
>> Well well, Dell:-)
> I wouldn't trust Dell to build a Linux box until they demonstrate that
> they can make XP run on one of their junkers (or DOS). Or maybe they
> really do consider "Dumping Physical Memory" to be a desired application.
To be fair and to balance the rather prejudice view:
The vast majority of prospective users find the thought of installing an
O/S rather daunting. Here you have Dell test all the hardware and maybe
put a sticker on the machine to say "designed for Red Hat Linux".
Beyond this, you get *support* for Linux, which is a big pro and a reas-
surance to any newbie. Sure, those Dell hotlines are often rather cold,
but it is *something*. It's a start.
Linux is becoming more and more mainstream and now that "almighty Dell"
sell Linux, no other large vendor can ignore Linux and justify to self. HP
have taken a similar route. Look at the adoption among governments and the
20% annual growth in terms of server sales. Linux is catching up quicker
than it would take Ballmer to smash a chair.
Putting glitter aside, I don't see /any/ advances among the main competitor
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