After weeks of speculation in the Linux community, Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) made its open source plans official Wednesday, confirming rumors that it will begin selling select desktops and notebooks with Linux operating systems preinstalled. Dell said the decision was made as a result of feedback from customers on its IdeaStorm Web site.
“Dell has heard you, and we will expand our Linux support beyond our existing servers and Precision workstation line,” the company posted on its “Dell in Action” IdeaStorm blog. “Our first step in this effort is offering Linux preinstalled on select desktop and notebook systems.”
The No. 2 PC vendor said it will provide an update in the coming weeks that will include “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.”
If this works out, it will be the greatest piece of good news I’ve heard in a long time.