Re: the day dell refused to sell a computer
The way to home desktop acceptance is through organizational desktop. Most of the people I know would not get a Dell Ubuntu machine. Those who would know how to install Linux anyway (Gentoo and Slack users for the most part). My alma mater however might very well decide to put Ubuntu (or other Linux) machines in their labs. You can still write papers in OO and browse the web with Firefox (which they switched to very quickly) but the admins won't have to clean out spyware all the time.
Originally Posted by vexorian
This is the problem, Dell is allowing for a very limited choice of the machines and is refusing to sell them to organizations. They will have a very small number of Linux enthusiasts buy the laptops only because laptops are such a pain to configure. There will be an incredibly tiny portion of people getting the desktops as lets face it we tend to build our own. It won't help that Ubuntu can run just fine on older machines so those who get them now will not be upgrading for a couple of years. This will lead to very small sales by Dell prompting them to pull the plug on the whole thing. Even if they do not do that it will show other OEM's that there is an almost non existing market for Linux preinstalls and won't bother.
Another thing I don't understand is why not unify the line. Hardware that works with Linux will work just fine with Windows. The only thing that is really needed is the media keys driver and I seriously doubt that Dell uses different keyboards in their machines. This would allow them to sell nearly their entire line with Ubuntu on it. The only problem would be machines with AMD video cards but that could be easily taken care of with a warning or disallowing for a choice of Ubuntu as an OS. At the very least they could have offered it as an option for organizational machines.
I hope I'm wrong but so far it doesn't seem like Dell is very committed to Linux adoption. If they really wanted to back it up they would have allowed organizations to get it.
Since I get asked alot, I am originally from Ukraine but am Russian by nationality. My nick means specter in Russian.