"As the Dell IdeaStorm site proves, the Linux community is a
vocal one, so the call for pre-loaded Linux is growing louder. But
the reality is that Linux aficionados can easily just download and
install any number of Linux distributions they choose on any
hardware they choose without cost.
"It's providing support for these choices combined with the fact
that those needing support would likely be Linux newcomers that
raises a potentially huge barrier for vendors.
"That's not to say that it can't be done. HP is proving it can
make money from supporting Debian, which is something that no other
major hardware vendor has been able to do..."