A friend called Dell a few days after Christmas 2003 to order a computer. Frankly, this writer was very surprised at what the friend had to say about
his experiences with Dell. The friend asked if he could get Linux instead of Windows XP for the Dell computer's operating system. He was told no by the Dell salesperson. He also
was told that if he installed Linux on a Dell computer it would void the warranty.
This writer called the Dell order-takers to verify this. It was as the friend said. A MozillaQuest Magazine technical editor also called Dell to
double-verify this. He got the same anti-Linux crap from Dell and also was very much surprised by it.