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    Re: the day dell refused to sell a computer

    Quote Originally Posted by ScotchontheRocks View Post
    I just contacted my Dell Business Rep and he confirmed that Dell does not sell Ubuntu-based machines for business use. He says businesses may purchase machines with "an open-source OS or FreeDOS".
    I wonder if this is part of the "buy off" Dell arranged with Microsoft. As long as Dell just sells Ubuntu to home users, it doesn't compete with the Windows corporate desktop market and thus is no real threat.

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    Re: the day dell refused to sell a computer

    The problem also extends into higher education. I must use the Premier website to order and they also do not offer Ubuntu computers.

    I've created a Dell Ideastorm page for myself, I propose others should do the same if they wish to push the issue further.

    http://www.ideastorm.com/article/sho...ls_for_Premier

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    Wink Re: the day dell refused to sell a computer

    Quote Originally Posted by the.dark.lord View Post
    That's really annoying, isn't it?

    cosborn, why don't you get a System76?
    I second that notion.
    -Shawn Q {64-bit...like Atari Jaguar?}
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    Re: the day dell refused to sell a computer

    This is by far the most ridiculous decision Dell has made. Even when linux gets support, it really doesn't get support. Ubuntu should have alternative competitive vendors, that should straighten Dell out from playing their silly games. I hope HP adopts Ubuntu, in my experience their hardware is so much better for the money.

    http://system76.com/
    Last edited by wh0rd; June 20th, 2007 at 08:25 PM.

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    Re: the day dell refused to sell a computer

    never order dell by phone,

    i had very bad experience.

    the person on the phon was telling me that my discount cupan is invalid. using the same cupan i order my computer through website, it worked great.
    Dhruva

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    Re: the day dell refused to sell a computer

    If it makes anyone feel better, Dell did the same thing with Vista when it was released. They wouldn't sell a system with Vista to a business user at first.

    Dell is looking at Ubuntu as a way to expand their Linux offerings to home users. Business customers have been able to get a Dell with Red Hat preinstalled for many years now. I suspect that they want their business users to keep using those systems, that they've been selling for years, rather than switching to something new and untested. I also suspect that if you were to poll Dell's business customers, the majority agree with that position.

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    Re: the day dell refused to sell a computer

    Dell doesn't offer Linux support they openly state that it's up to the 'Linux community' to provide support. It does suck that they wouldn't let you purchase it for a business, just buy a normal machine and install Ubuntu. I see how people want to buy these machines with Ubuntu on them because a lot of the money is wasted on bloatware not to mention M$ windows.

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    Re: the day dell refused to sell a computer

    seems it on digg now!
    http://digg.com/linux_unix
    Linux user #435981 / Ubuntu user #9751

    "...when i hear the voices, i ignore them, and do something constructive, like play with my ubuntu..."

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    Re: the day dell refused to sell a computer

    Quote Originally Posted by dhruva023 View Post
    the person on the phon was telling me that my discount cupan is invalid. using the same cupan i order my computer through website, it worked great.
    What is a 'cupan" ?

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    Re: the day dell refused to sell a computer

    Quote Originally Posted by mips View Post
    What is a 'cupan" ?
    maybe he means 'coupon'?
    Linux user #435981 / Ubuntu user #9751

    "...when i hear the voices, i ignore them, and do something constructive, like play with my ubuntu..."

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