So it looks like Dell is telling Linux fans to back down and not to get so excited because:
“Our point of view is that we are listening to our Linux customers,” said Jeremy Bolen, a Dell spokesman. He noted that the company already offers factory-installed Linux on some specific Dell Precision workstations for high-end corporate users, but is not currently installing the OS on its other laptop or desktop machines. “However, I won’t rule out the option of expanding the pre-installation program at a future date,” Bolen said.
Well, no shit Serlock. Really. It’s going to take some time to figure this all out? Gosh, I didn’t know that Mr. Computer-Sales-Man. WTF?
Of course it is going to take some time. So that implies the next question: how long? Then my next thought was, fuck ‘em. Why do I need to wait for Dell when someone could already have want I want? A quick google search brought up this page on the Linux homepage “Companies that sell Linux pre-installed on computer systems ranging from laptops to desktop models to servers and clusters.”
Good lord. Going to Penguin Computing configuring a modest computer it’ll be a few bucks over $2000. That is without a monitor, I already have one of those that works fine (though lord knows if the Linux OS they have installed, RedHat, will have the drivers for my current monitor). ::sigh::
w00t! Just took another look see, this time at Insight, and found an HP computer base price $349 which using ManDrake Linux 9.2 (though it does have an Intel processor and not AMD). Adding the few goodies I want (i.e. DVD-RW drive, 1 gig of ram, a decent size hard drive) it comes to $1,194. A few more bucks then I paid for my XP system, but I’ll have to remember that Dell can kiss my arse.
If they can come out with a modestly priced machine with Linux pre-installed and the features (or at least upgrades) that I want, when I need a new computer, then I’ll keep them in mind. . .along with the other options out there which already have Linux pre-installed.
In the meanwhile, I’m going to try and get my old HP (which was ravaged with spyware and other crap before I found the glories of the FireWall) wiped clean and install a free Linux distro from the net. . .there has got to be instructions on how to do that on the web somewhere, lord knows everything else is on the ‘net.
Including blogs of woman who like to read Dave Sim’s Cerebus. . . heh.