You may remember Dell IdeaStorm – it is the interactive customer forum the PC giant setup at the end of February. Within one week polls had convinced the company to offer laptops without a preinstalled Windows OS and now, just one month later, opinion has pushed Dell into releasing its first Linux based machines.
In a statement Dell revealed that Linux support has been the most popular request at IdeaStorm and it responded by launching a survey which garnered over 100,000 responses – 70 per cent of which were in favour of a Linux Dell PC.
In a statement the company said "Dell has heard you and we will expand our Linux support beyond our existing servers and Precision workstation line. Our first step in this effort is offering Linux pre-installed on select desktop and notebook systems. We will provide an update in the coming weeks that includes detailed information on which systems we will offer, our testing and certification efforts, and the Linux distribution(s) that will be available. The countdown begins today."
No further details were revealed and the big question now is what flavour(s) of Linux Dell will opt for (I can hear the rumble from a stampede of vendors as we speak).
In all, the move is a remarkably liberal one for a multinational that – until last year – didn't even offer AMD processors and no doubt comes as Dell tries to claw back market share after HP edged past it recently to become the new global number one PC seller.
Either way IdeaStorm is certainly causing a stir and Micky D is more than living up to his word to take customer requests seriously. With this in mind I feel compelled to put in my own request:
Michael, could you fix it for me to have a free XPS system?!