Dell to certify desktops, notebooks for Linux

— 10:22 AM on February 26, 2007

On February 16, Dell kicked off its IdeaStorm website, inviting users to suggest products and services they'd like to see from Dell. Over a week and around 80,000 votes for Linux-based systems later, Dell has gotten the message. As a result, the company has announced that it is working with Novell to certify its OptiPlex desktops, Latitude notebooks, and Precision workstations for Linux. Dell is also working with other Linux vendors regarding additional certification, although the company stays fairly vague on that part:

As this community knows, there is no single customer preference for a distribution of Linux. In the last week, the IdeaStorm community suggested more than half a dozen distributions. We don't want to pick one distribution and alienate users with a preference for another. We want users to have the opportunity to help define the market for Linux on desktop and notebook systems. In addition to working with Novell, we are also working with other distributors and evaluating the possibility of additional certifications across our product line. We are continuing to investigate your other Linux-related ideas, so please continue to check here for updates.
Some of the Linux distributions suggested on IdeaStorm include Ubuntu, the Red Hat-sponsored Fedora Core, and Novell's SuSE Linux. Linux aside, Dell also intends to follow some other ideas suggested on the IdeaStorm site. One of the most popular is a "No Extra Software Option" suggestion, and Dell thus plans to make it easier for users to opt out of having extra software installed on their systems.
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