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Dell Puts Linux On European Desktops

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- http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB20040706S0004

July 6, 2004

"Dell on Tuesday unveiled its first line of desktops equipped with Linux for the European market through its partner Quester, which will pre-load the Linspire OS on the OptiPlex systems. The Dell desktops -- Quester sells the OptiPlex 170L with or without an LCD display -- come with Lindows' Linspire desktop Linux and OpenOffice, the open-source productivity suite. Although Quester takes orders for the Dells, the systems are shipped directly from the Round Rock, Texas-based manufacturer to the end user..."

 

(Genesis 1:1 - "In the beginning...", or will there be "Exodus"? ...or both?)

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Microsoft brought this on themselves. They've attempted to strongarm every PC maker out there. Now all that ill will is coming back to bite them on the arse.

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Like my signature says:

Windows XP=$300 :huh: , Office XP=$400 :gasp: , damage from Microsoft’s security flaws=$16,000+ :blink: , switching to Linux= PRICELESS :wub:

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Dell denounces desktop Linux dealer

- http://www.theregister.com/2004/07/07/dell_vs_questar/

7 July 2004

"Dell today distanced itself from system builder Questar's announcement yesterday that it is offering Linux-based Dell-manufactured desktop systems - and doing so with the PC giant's approval. It also branded elements of Questar's announcement - issued, it says, "without Dell input" - as "inaccurate"...Questar is simply buying Optiplex 170L desktops from Dell as might any other business or individual customer. Is there any thing more to their "agreement" than that? No, Dell told The Register today: "Questar is a direct Dell customer and that is the extent of the relationship."...Dell is also a bit miffed that Questar is installing Lindows' Linspire 4.5 distro. This news cannot have gone down very well with long-term Microsoft. And besides, Dell already has a preferred Linux distro - Red Hat...The question is, did Dell's Linux desktops circa 2000 ship over here? Dell says they were. "Dell sold Linux-based desktop systems in 2000," writes Dell today. "Dell continues to offer Dell Precision workstations and PowerEdge servers with Red Hat Linux factory installed around the world." You'll note that Dell doesn't say it sold Linux-based desktops in 2000 in Europe, even though it stresses that it does sell Linux-based workstations and servers here now...Again, it's not clear today if that offer was ever made to European buyers. Either way, it stopped selling Linux desktops in 2001. More importantly for buyers, Dell says it will not support Questar's choice of OS, despite the system builder's lauding of the "exceptional" Dell Gold Tech Support bundled with each machine. Dell presumably will support the hardware..."

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Commentary: Why Dell is scurrying to cover its tracks in Linspire deal

- http://software.itmanagersjournal.com/prin...4/07/07/1825241

2004.07.07 14:15

"...Lots of people think this is a very good deal. Questar reported today that since the announcement at midday yesterday, its Web site has recorded more than 200,000 hits. You can bet a lot of those will turn directly into sales. But apparently not everybody is happy about this. Microsoft also reads the news every day and isn't exactly pleased. The company acknowledges this is a serious threat to their 93 percent of the desktop OS market, and they don't want seeds of any kind like this to be planted. Gotta protect that market share at all costs. So now the spin battle begins. Microsoft does not want anybody to know that it is now possible to buy on line a name-brand Dell computer pre-loaded with Linux (Linspire 4.5) and OpenOffice, bundled with three years of Dell hardware support and one year of the Linspire software catalog. You can buy it now for under $1,000, and have it shipped from Ireland in a few days -- or however long it takes Dell to build it. Here is what we believe happened this morning, after the announcement hit all the media outlets today:

> The phones at Michael Dell's office in Round Rock, Texas started ringing early this morning. "Check the Caller ID! Why, it's from Redmond, Washington! Hmmm. Wonder who that could be?" (The conversation is too graphic to publish here, but perhaps you can imagine it.) Click.

> Mere minutes later, the phones start ringing at Questar's offices in Italy. "Hello? Oh hi, Dell. How are you, partner? ... Have a good Fourth? Good. Hmmm. Oh, I see. Yeah, we have been getting a lot of calls all of a sudden. Well, we didn't tell any lies with our press release ... You say you want a different spin. You want us to say we are configuring the machines? But we don't do that. We're just salesmen. You guys build the machines ... ok, well, we'll see what we can do. Ciao." Click. Shrug.

 

Okay, so here is the result of those conversations.

- NewsFactor: "Dell Sets Linux Story Straight."

- Silicon.com: "Dell Denies Linux Installation."

- Geek.com: "Linux on Dell in Europe."

So, the Microsoft "backroom directive" we talked about earlier today is starting to play out publicly. Nice to watch corporate America in action like that."

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