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osOpinion: Dell and Linux: Breaking Up Is Easy To Do

Aug 07, 2001, 14:00 (62 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nivine Zakhari)

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This columnist takes the stance that Dell's decision to dump Linux desktop pre-installs wasn't so unreasonable after all:

"I can understand why open-source and Linux supporters have much contempt for Microsoft. The company may not have always offered a technically superior product to the marketplace, but it was able to sell more of its products to willing buyers, which helped build it into the company it is today.

I don't want to see competing products fail just so Microsoft can stay in the position it's in. As an advocate of a free-market system, I'd like to see competitors (and the government, for that matter) at least acknowledge what the majority of consumers want and are willing to pay for.

Consumers want integration, compatibility and ease-of-use. They say that every time they buy a new computer and all the software and add-ons that come with it.

The majority of consumers are not computer geeks. Once open-source supporters start accepting that, we might have companies like Dell be able to justify offering Linux, and even other alternatives, in the future."

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