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Dell Opens a Poll On Linux Options 404

narramissic writes "In response to overwhelming user demand for Linux, Dell has posted a survey on a company blog that asks 'PC users to choose between Linux flavors such as Fedora and Ubuntu, and to pick more general choices such as notebooks versus desktops, high-end models versus value models and telephone-based support versus community-based support.' Votes will be collected through March 23, and Dell plans to use the feedback to begin selling Linux-based consumer PCs." The poll is pretty minimal. Wonder how much it will really guide Dell's choices.
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Dell Opens a Poll On Linux Options

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 13, 2007 @05:18PM (#18338735)
    I mostly agree with you, but I also want hardware that can be supported by Linux without pulling out my hair. No winmodems, for example. For that reason, I'd be happy with any version of Linux installed which I can then replace.
  • Survey Contents (Score:5, Informative)

    by pavon ( 30274 ) on Tuesday March 13, 2007 @05:25PM (#18338833)
    The page loaded for me (but wouldn't submit). Here are the questions, for the curious. And yes the first line was really at the top of the page - an unexpected joy of automation :)

    Dell recommends Windows Vista(TM) Business.

    Linux Learnings: We're Listening

    Thanks for visiting the Dell Linux Survey webpage. Please answer the following questions to help us determine how to best prioritize our resources for this effort.
    (Survey will be open March 13-March 23)

    1) Would your Dell system with Linux factory installed be for home or office use?
            Home Use
            Office Use

    2) Which systems should we prioritize on for Linux factory installation? (Rank Order: 1=highest, 6=lowest)
            Inspiron notebooks
            Dimension desktops
            XPS notebooks
            XPS desktops
            Latitude business notebooks
            OptiPlex business desktops

    3) What types of activities will you perform on your Dell system with Linux factory installed? (Rank order: 1=highest, 9=lowest if not using for specific listed purpose, leave blank)
            Basic productivity
            Web browsing
            Photo editing and management
            Video editing
            Software development

    4) Which languages should we prioritize on?

    5) For a tested & validated Linux install, what type of software support would you require?
            Existing community support structures for Linux that already exist with Dell participating more
            Email and online support forums through Dell
            Fee-based OS phone support

    6) Which Linux distribution should Dell prioritize on?
            Commercial: Novell/SuSE Linux Desktop
            Commercial: Red Hat Enterprise Desktop
            Community Supported: Fedora
            Community Supported: OpenSUSE
            Community Supported: Ubuntu

  • by randolph ( 2352 ) on Tuesday March 13, 2007 @05:47PM (#18339155)
    Here's a summary of the computers they list:

        consumer laptop
        consumer desktop
        high-end consumer systems. Also good systems for serious artists.
    support is thin
    Latitude business notebooks
        just what the name says
    OptiPlex business desktops
        just what the name says

    The survey falls under the Dell small business marketing category
  • by MP3Chuck ( 652277 ) on Tuesday March 13, 2007 @05:51PM (#18339199) Homepage Journal
    Their servers are already available with Windows, RHEL, SUSE, or without an OS at all.
  • Re:No Poll? (Score:3, Informative)

    by VP ( 32928 ) on Tuesday March 13, 2007 @06:21PM (#18339679)
    It's working now...
  • by dhasenan ( 758719 ) on Tuesday March 13, 2007 @06:31PM (#18339849)
    If you have a decent partition scheme, you can have Dell's rescue disk wipe out /boot and /, but leave /home intact. Then you'd have to reset all your passwords, but other than that you'd be fine -- no lost data, just applications (and most of them easy enough to reinstall).
  • by PitaBred ( 632671 ) <slashdot@NosPam.pitabred.dyndns.org> on Tuesday March 13, 2007 @06:40PM (#18339941) Homepage
    I just bought a notebook, so I'm not in the market, but if Dell had had a performance notebook that shipped with Linux when I was shopping, I'd have bought it. Does that mean my vote doesn't count?
  • Re:Dell? (Score:3, Informative)

    by mrchaotica ( 681592 ) * on Tuesday March 13, 2007 @08:58PM (#18341575)

    Most of the people who say this haven't actually looked at the price situation recently.

    I'm one of the people who have, and I'll tell you he's right. I bought a Thinkpad X60 tablet directly from Lenovo back in December (and got it in February -- Lenovo's supply problems suck). Before doing so, I also checked Emperor Linux, Inc. [emperorlinux.com], which is the only one I've heard of that sells X60s with Linux. The specific configuration (high-res screen but otherwise low-end) I ordered is not available from them, but even their cheapest configuration is several hundred dollars more than I spent ($2300 vs. ~$2000). And if I had bought the SXGA version from them I would have had to spend $3500, which is a whopping fifteen hundred dollar markup!

    I like Linux and want to support it, but I can't afford to support it that much!

  • by poopdeville ( 841677 ) on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @02:34AM (#18344013)
    Because if you know that a Linux distro works on the hardware, they all will in a short span of time.

The best defense against logic is ignorance.