Dell Opens Up About Desktop LinuxBy Steven Vaughan-Nichols | Posted 2006-03-08 Email Print
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The computer vendor's CEO explains his company's Linux strategy, including its stance on offering full desktop support.(DesktopLinux.com)Michael Dell, chairman of Dell, says he believes in offering Linux on the desktop, server and workstation. What he doesn't believe in, for now, is giving Linux full support on the desktop.
In an exclusive interview, Dell explained his company's Linux desktop strategy to DesktopLinux.com's Steven J. Vaughan Nichols.
"People are always asking us to support Linux on the desktop, but the question is, 'Which Linux are you talking about?'" Dell asked.
"It's not that there are too many Linux desktop distributions," Dell said, "it's that they're all different, they all have supporters and none of them can claim a majority of the market.
"If you look at DistroWatch, you'll see zillions of these distributions. Which one should we do? And, everyone keeps telling us that they want different distributions. So, our conclusion is to do them all and let the customer decide."
So it is, Dell continued, that "on the desktop we have the nSeries, so that the user can pick the Linux he wants."
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