August 3, 2001

Dell ends great Linux desktop adventure

Author: JT Smith

The Register: "Dell US has confirmed that it's to cease bundling Linux on its desktop PCs and
notebooks, nine months after Michael Dell announced the initiative with great

At the time we were sceptical. It looked like a hasty piece of bandwagon-jumping:
Dell's Linux machines still came with a Windows premium, and the company's spotty
record of support for Linux didn't give us much cause for optimism. And as for the
choice of software bundle, we wondered if Dell had "dragged a trainee PR intern off
the street, and threatened to hit them with a rock until they came up with two leading
open source names. Err... Gnome! And err... the one that old Mac guy does...!"


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