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May 01, 2009, 01:31 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Roland for this link. ]

""Most of the initial outpouring of ideas came from the open-source software community. Perhaps not surprisingly then, the top ideas on Idea Storm were the request for a Dell computer with Linux, not Microsoft Windows, pre-installed. Although Dell had offered a Linux-based computer to its business clients, a consumer-based Linux machine had not been available.

"The Dell Idea Storm team took this request directly to its product development department. The people there went straight to the forums to get more information like what 'flavor' of Linux people wanted pre-installed. Ubuntu was the number one choice. Within a couple of months, the Linux Dell was available for purchase. Although the company wouldn't release exact numbers, Caroline [the Dell rep] told me that the sales far exceeded their projections and Dell plans to continue the program."

"Now, one-third of Dell's netbooks are sold with Linux ."

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