Jim Moore wrote:
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> __/ [ B Gruff ] on Thursday 27 April 2006 14:35 \__
>>> On Thursday 27 April 2006 14:26 Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>> | Dell to intro Linux based notebook
>>>> | SOURCES SAID Dell in Europe and Mandriva will introduce a Latitude
>>>> | DX20 laptop using the Linux operating system.
>>>> | The machine includes Centrino Duo and hardware certification of
>>>> | Mandriva.
>>> There seems to be some uncertainty as to whether it will be distributed
>>> outside France? (but remember...Germany.... France.... Holland...
>> If I recall correctly, Dell started by offering a Linux /desktop/ running
>> Mandriva. That was exclusively in France and goes back roughly 10 months.
>> Since then, Dell have liaised with Red Hat and are now selling Linux with
>> more workstations, in more places, and are even giving you prompts such
>> (this comes up even if you know nothing about Linux and don't follow its
>>> However, this must be very good news indeed, in that Dell will be
>>> selling at
>>> least one totally Linux-friendly laptop? It doesn't take much
>>> extrapolation to imagine that Dell in the near future, when reviewing
>>> components for their products, will likely start to insist that they
>>> should be Linux-compatible...
>> They already /are/, for the most part. Then come to consider detailed
>> guides such as:
>> (one among many)
>> Or even:
>> The big gain of distribution with Linux pre-installed and supported is
>> that it will appeal to those who cannot be bothered with installation or
>> find it daunting. No more "learn and install Linux". Just buy it as-is.
>> It works as it says on the tin and you can always call Dell to for
>> assistance, questions and further enquiries.
>>> (btw, where do you get your Tux stickers?)
>> The GIMP. *wink*
>> Best wishes,
>> PS - This news is currently spreading to many Linux sites and it will get
>> people talking fairly soon. I think C.O.L.A. was among the first to cite
>> The Inquirer. *smile*
> As far as prebuilds go, Dell are by far the most Linux-friendly boxen. The
> least friendly prize has to go to HP/Compaq. Toshiba are somewhere in the
> middle there, but that really depends on the model and which way the wind
> is blowing.
...Which can only be good news for me, being a Dell freak when it comes to
laptops [check user-agent here]. After the stunt Microsoft pulled
yesterday, I'm as of right now, completely Windows free. I'll worry about
how to get my games running in SuSE later.
When all else fails...
Use a hammer.