August 13, 2007
We all know that making money in the desktop computing market is challenging at best. That is a good thing for you buyers out there that are looking for inexpensive desktops and laptops.For the past 10 years, the major hardware vendors have been pouring money and developers into Linux server projects, and giving lip service to the desktop. With IBM selling off their desktop division, and HP duking it out with Dell, it was not evident that either was willing to step up to the plate and give the desktop Linux initiatives the shot in the arm they needed.
Enter Dell in Europe, releasing desktops pre-installed with Ubuntu's Linux OS. How is this different from the bundles offered by HP and SuSE over the years? Does the simple act of bundling solve the customer's problems and break the barrier to adoption? Are the right applications also available? Some have tried to provide a fair assessment, but what about some end users? Calling all European Linux users, inquiring minds want to know!
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