Dell Flexes

July 30th, 2007 by Crusader

PC manufacturer Dell will be expandingtheir line of Linux computers accordingto this reportfrom Reuters:

Mark Shuttleworth, who created a version of Linux software named Ubuntu, saidDell is happy with the demand it has seen for Linux PCs that were introducedin May.

Dell, the world’s second-largest PC maker after Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N:Quote, Profile, Research), now offers three consumer PCs that run UbuntuLinux.

“What’s been announced to date is not the full extent of what we will see overthe next couple of weeks and months,” Shuttleworth said an interview late onWednesday.

“There are additional offerings in the pipeline,” he said. Shuttleworthfounded Canonical Inc to provide support for Ubuntu Linux.

A Dell spokeswoman, Anne Camden, declined comment, saying the company does notdiscuss products in the pipeline.

She added that Dell was pleased with customer response to its Linux PCs. Shesaid Dell believed the bulk of the machines were sold to open-source softwareenthusiasts, while some first-time Linux users have purchased them aswell.

That said, Dell does have some gripes: Phoronixmentioned that Dell doesn’t find ATI’scurrent Linux drivers to be sufficient:

Dell wants to offer ATI Linux systems, but first the driver must be improvedfor the Linux platform (not necessarily open-source, but improved). Dellcurrently ships desktop Linux systems with Intel using their open-sourcedrivers as well as NVIDIA graphics processors under Linux.

4 Responses to “Dell Flexes”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I hope this will force ATI to make proper Linux drivers and/or give out there specs for a community open source driver (probably not) like Intel. I also hear HP has some Linux machines on the way. NVIDIA all the way baby!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    How do you know HP is going to sell models with linux? Source please.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I don’t remember the original source but I did a quick google and found these three articles:

  4. Anonymous Says:


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