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Dell Puts Linux On European Desktops

Dell offers its first line of desktops equipped with Linux for the European market through its partner Quester.
Dell on Tuesday unveiled its first line of desktops equipped with Linux for the European market through its partner Quester, which will pre-load the Linspire OS on the OptiPlex systems.

The Dell desktops -- Quester sells the OptiPlex 170L with or without an LCD display -- come with Lindows' Linspire desktop Linux and OpenOffice, the open-source productivity suite.

Although Quester takes orders for the Dells, the systems are shipped directly from the Round Rock, Texas-based manufacturer to the end user. The machines are backed by a three-year technical support plan that provides on-site service anywhere in Europe.

The two configurations' prices start at 469 euros ($799) without monitor, and 749 euros ($946) with a 15-inch LCD screen.

Lindows is best known for battling Microsoft in a long-running copyright dispute, which earlier this year forced Lindows to change the name of its OS to Linspire.

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