For those of you who havenâ€™t been paying attention, Iâ€™ve been a Linux user for well over a decade now. I like it, I love it, I want more of it!
Currently my favorite is Ubuntu. If you have even a single synapse firing between your ears, you can install and use Ubuntu. If you donâ€™t, you can still use it. It just takes longer.
Whatâ€™s REALLY impressed me is that each release is getting better and better. 4.10 was my first impression. And it was a HELL of an impression. 5.04 was even better, with better hardware support. 6.06 was DAMN impressive, and guaranteed supported for 3 years?
Even so, my little Dell craptop had a few quirks in it. Switching between wireless networks was entirely manual. Edit the config file, kick the networking service and go.
6.10 was 6.06 plus a little more hardware support. A little unstable (it WAS a development branch..) but on the whole, not bad.
Now with 7.04 getting ready to push out in April, Iâ€™m stunned yet again. Hardware support is better still, and wireless. FLAWLESS. Itâ€™s every bit as easy as flipping back and forth between networks in Windows. Hell, even Beryl (SWEET 3D desktop manager) works right without major tweakage. And these are the PRE-FINAL â€œHerdâ€ RELEASES Iâ€™m working on! If this keeps up, my PARENTS (who fear and hate computers) will be able to install Linux without worrying about configuration!
Okay, enough yapping and backing of â€œmy horseâ€. Apparently our boys at Dell are finally pulling their heads out ofâ€¦the sandâ€¦and finally taking notice of Mother Torvaldsâ€™ other child. And ABOUT *CENSORED* TIME TOO!
The long and the short. A while back, Dell put up their IdeaStorm site. Ostensibly to solicit feedback from the user community. Needless to say, they got inundated with requests for Linux like you wouldnâ€™t believe. Initially, they tried just ignoring and removing anything Linux-related. But that just garnered MORE attention.
A short time ago, they put up a survey to gather information on what potential customers are looking for in terms of Linux offerings.
Now the possibilities here are worth noting. Imagine being able to buy a system from Dell. Even if it didnâ€™t come pre-installed with Linux, you could grab an install disk from a supported distro, install, and be up and running IMMEDIATELY. No tweaking stuff till it likes your hardware. It justâ€¦works.
Now, even if it IS â€œjust a Dellâ€, thatâ€™s worth a HELL of a lot to some people. And Dell themselves donâ€™t even need to lead the development here. They simply need to release hardware specs to the Linux vendor of choice (and maybe a little cash that otherwise would have gone towards Windows development). Dell and a company like RedHat, Novell, or Canonical could do a brisk business in Linux (either pre-installed or after the fact) at that point.
So go ahead. If youâ€™re considering Dell, and would welcome Linux offerings, go on over. Then stay and read some of the feedback.