"If we say we like Ubuntu, then people will say we picked the wrong one. If we say we like and support Ubuntu, Novell, Red Hat, and Xandros, then someone would ask us, 'Why don't you support Mandriva?'"The closest thing Dell offers to a desktop Linux system is the Dimension n Series, which ships with FreeDOS and allows users to install whichever Linux distribution they choose without having to pay for Windows first. Dell says this is unlikely to change unless the various Linux desktop distributions "converge at their core," or a particular distribution becomes "vastly preferred" over its alternatives.
"It's not that there are too many Linux desktop distributions," Dell said, "it's that they're all different, they all have supporters, and none of them can claim a majority of the market."