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XYZ Computing: Dell's Open Source Desktop Systems

Nov 11, 2005, 22:45 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sal Cangeloso)

"Recently, without much fanfare, computer giant Dell started to offer a line of open source workstations. These computers, Dell's 'n' line, are said to be made for 'businesses with proprietary software images or special Linux needs.' These computers come either with a factory installed Linux distribution or with no operating system installed at all.

"A major hurdle preventing the growth of Linux with non-professional users has been installation the operating system and dealing with the resultant compatibility issues. An ideal solution to this would be a major manufacturer which is willing to sell computers with Linux preinstalled. This would not only make it easy for users to buy a computer and have Linux running after simply plugging it in, but it would theoretically allow the manufacturer to lower the cost of a computer because software licensing costs could be minimized..."

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