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February 24, 2006


Dell to offer Linux OS

In my post on Microsoft & monopolies, and moreso into the comments of the same post over at The Liberty Papers, I pointed out the key to breaking Microsoft’s monopoly. I said that all it will take is for a major computer manufacturer to start offering Linux on a semi-large scale. That alone would be the key to giving Linux enough legitimacy that it might crack the critical mass necessary to break monopoly power.

Well, Eric pointed out this post over at Desktop Linux. To be fair, I’m not that clairvoyant, as I never expected it would be Dell to do this first. But they’re asserting their muscle in a way that will force Microsoft to stand up and take notice. And that’s a good thing.

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  1. I have to point out that it’s not as big a deal as it may seem at first.

    - You can’t directly order the machines off their website
    - It’s quite difficult to even find out these machines exist
    - The last time Dell started down this path they were balked by Microsoft

    We’ll see what happens, but my gut instinct is this is not the event that blows the OS market wide open, it’s the crack that allows the water to start flowing.

    Comment by Eric — February 24, 2006 @ 11:49 pm

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