This news must make Ballmer want to pick up a chair and throw it across his office.
According to the Direct2Dell website, the dudes at Dell have announced that you can get the Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) flavor of LINUX on the XPS M1330N and Inspiron 1525N notebooks as well as the Inspiron 530N desktop. But apparently there’s more coming:
“In early August, we will also add the XPS M1530n and Studio 15n to the line-up. This is just in time for LinuxWorld where we will participate in a number of the conference sessions. That will be your chance to hear directly about what’s been accomplished over the last year and where we see it going in 2009.”
It’s nice to see a mainstream computer company step up to the plate and support LINUX. But I do have one question. Right now if I phone Dell, they are versed in the hardware and supporting the Windows install that comes with it. Will the same hold true for LINUX? After all, you’ll likely to attract some LINUX newbies who don’t know a bash shell from a DOS prompt. They’re likely to require more hand holding than the average Windows user. My feeling is yes, but I’d love to know for sure. Anyone from Dell care to comment as I do know that people from Dell read my blog?