5984Re: Dell cancelling Linux on desktop and laptop systems.
- Aug 21, 2001Dell's little thing with Linux is all BS,
heres why ...
Dell is a mega-corporation, which means one thing and ONLY one thing, need
MUST make money and lots of it.
Lets see now ....
Supporting WIndows is pretty easy. Beacause most people know how to use it,
and it generally works well for whatever the average joe wants to do.
Windows == Cheap/Easy Support
Supporting Linux is pretty hard. Because most people don't know how to use
it, and you normally have to take a few extra steps to get things to work on
it. And linux sucks even more because the average joe *can't* do many things
on it. (quick time movies, major commerical games, etc) (additionally out
sourcing your linux support to companies like Redhat or linuxcare makes you
look bad because then it shows your company isn't smart enough to do linux in
the first place.)
Linux == Hard/Expensive Support
When Dell and their ODM's go out to create the next generation computer
system, those computer systems are tested to work ONLY with Microsoft. Dell,
and the ODM's they hire, don't give a damn about Linux or any other OS. So
why would Dell waste time to support and OS, it didn't even support at the
Its all about business come to think of it. There never was much of demand
for linux on the desktop/laptop. There must be a hundred thousand customers
who purchased a dell system with windows, as opposed to the few hundred (not
even?) who asked for linux. In this case, dell would be *losing* money,
which is the last thing a mega corporation wants.
I'm pretty sure the corporate execs (whores) at dell aren't blind either. If
they see people like us giving grass root support for it, the last thing
they'd want to do is take their time and thier money to support linux then.
Linux has been very much community based, and it would suck a whole lot if it
weren't. (The last thing we need is for IBM and SGI to be deciding which
file system should be the defualt one in linux 3.0)
Those are my two food stamps, and I'm always up for flames.
PS: I'm also pretty damn sure Microsoft and Dell had something to do with
this. Somewhere in the twisted turn of events, I'm pretty sure Dell got
Microsoft products for cheaper than what they had when the did support Linux
on the desktop/laptop.
PPS: The server world is another story ...
PPPS: the following link was posted on slashdot .. for those of you who
didn't see it .. its pretty interesting ...
PPPPS: for those of you, who were actually crazy enought to dowload the
Solaris ISO's off of sun.com and try installing it on your laptop know
exactly why support a totally weird OS doesn't make much sense. I tried, and
got some pretty weird results, heh.
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