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Dell's Desktop Linux Strategy: Slow and Steady

Sep 18, 2007, 15:00 (4 Talkback[s])

"So far, so good. That statement sums up Dell's current desktop Linux strategy, which focuses heavily on the Ubuntu operating system from Canonical. Dell insiders tell The VAR Guy that reaction to the company's Ubuntu PCs, introduced in June, has been good. Even so, Dell representatives are careful not to hype the machines. Here's why.

"'You've got to crawl before you can walk and run,' says John Hull, a Linux OS development manager at Dell. 'We're still at the crawling stage with consumer [Linux] systems.' As a result, speculation about Dell preparing an Ubuntu marketing campaign appears premature..."

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