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Dell to sell Linux PCs in Asia and Europe

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 08 Aug 2007 19:16 User comments (17)

Dell to sell Linux PCs in Asia and Europe Dell has announced that they will be expanding their experiment with Linux to key countries in Asia and Europe.
A few months back, Dell began offering notebooks and desktop PCs preloaded with Ubuntu Linux, and it seems the experiment is somewhat of a success. The PCs are now headed to the UK, Germany, and France. Chinese customers will get SUSE Linux pre installed on their Dell PCs.

Although Dell will most likely not be making extra revenue from the sale of the PCs, they have been gaining some good press with open source fans and I applaud Dell's effort.

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17 user comments

18.8.2007 19:26

Good on ya Dell, if only HP would follow suit then linux could take over microsofts small world, good to see lenovo to start shipping there computers with linux as well!

28.8.2007 19:41
vinny13
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Never heard of Lenovo, hate Dell, and never had any other computer other then HP since 2001, except for a Compaq laptop, which is owned by HP(or is it the other way around), and my 2 month old iMac which has just been slottered by a new one in price... For the same price now that I payed I can get a better graphics card and .32Ghz more then what I have now and some other stuff. The only downside is that the new one looks like sh!t compared to mine, at least in my eyes :P

Oh ya, about the Linux thing. I don't know how to use Linux, but the sooner I get my PS3, the sooner I will learn.

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39.8.2007 1:36

it's good to see that one of the major PC makers is taken Linux seriously. hopefully other manufactures follow suit, and maybe give Linux the market share it desperately deserves.

on another note, i know this is completly off topic, but I really like that sig of yours vinny!

410.8.2007 0:30

Originally posted by vinny13:
Never heard of Lenovo, hate Dell, and never had any other computer other then HP since 2001, except for a Compaq laptop, which is owned by HP(or is it the other way around), and my 2 month old iMac which has just been slottered by a new one in price... For the same price now that I payed I can get a better graphics card and .32Ghz more then what I have now and some other stuff. The only downside is that the new one looks like sh!t compared to mine, at least in my eyes :P

Oh ya, about the Linux thing. I don't know how to use Linux, but the sooner I get my PS3, the sooner I will learn.
I believe that Lenovo is the new branding for IBM laptops, think they purchased that section of the IBM company. The laptops are the same in design as the old IBM still though...

511.8.2007 10:13

Quote:
I believe that Lenovo is the new branding for IBM laptops, think they purchased that section of the IBM company. The laptops are the same in design as the old IBM still though...
You are right but I've heard the quality has gone down a bit since then.

611.8.2007 10:17

Quote:
I believe that Lenovo is the new branding for IBM laptops, think they purchased that section of the IBM company. The laptops are the same in design as the old IBM still though...
You are right but I've heard the quality has gone down a bit since then.

711.8.2007 10:18

Quote:
I believe that Lenovo is the new branding for IBM laptops, think they purchased that section of the IBM company. The laptops are the same in design as the old IBM still though...
You are right but I've heard the quality has gone down a bit since then.

811.8.2007 10:57

Quote:
Quote:
I believe that Lenovo is the new branding for IBM laptops, think they purchased that section of the IBM company. The laptops are the same in design as the old IBM still though...
You are right but I've heard the quality has gone down a bit since then.
Yeah, i heard the same too. They used to be pretty good, i used to sell them. At the moment HP/Compaqs latest pavilion offerings seem to be pretty nice...

912.8.2007 6:27

First, sorry for the triple post. I was having connectile dysfunction. Second, from personal experience and friends' experience, I'd only buy Toshiba or Dell laptops. Gateway, Compaq/HP and now IBM have gone down the drain. Somebody told me Fujitsu is a good brand, but I've never used one of those.

1012.8.2007 8:18

Originally posted by hermes_vb:
First, sorry for the triple post. I was having connectile dysfunction. Second, from personal experience and friends' experience, I'd only buy Toshiba or Dell laptops. Gateway, Compaq/HP and now IBM have gone down the drain. Somebody told me Fujitsu is a good brand, but I've never used one of those.
Dell's never done anything for me design wise... or price wise, seem to be a bit on the expensive side when you compare to other manufactures offerings and specs. Toshiba's are nice, seem to be reliable, not sure about the gateway's as i've never used them. Fujitsu lappys tend to be a bit on the expensive side. Another brand to consider is Asus and iv'e never had a problem with Acer rand laptops, been using one for 9 months problem free now.

1113.8.2007 5:23

If you can't get a decent deal on a Dell you're not looking in the right places. Watch Techbargains.com for Dell's current deals. I've seen some amazing deals on Dells (desktops and laptops) if you're a patient buyer. One guy at work picked up a normally $1600 laptop for under $800 one time. Also check the following article:

http://consumerist.com/consumer/insiders...ager-268831.php

Unfortunately, Dell is not as easy to get a good deal on because they don't sit on retailer's shelves with retailers wanting to dump "last year's" model. If you're a patient buyer (meaning you can wait and watch for a while) then you can get prices that put Dell down with other brands. Personally...I like Dell better than IBM/HP...I would be more inclined to buy one if I ever decided not to build my own.

1213.8.2007 9:54

My current laptop is a Dell. I took advantage of their mother's day sale and got me a nice laptop for $1000.

Centrino Dual Core 2.0 GHz (4MB Cache)
2 GB 667MHz RAM
NVIDIA 256 MB Graphics Card
15.4" Screen
80 GB SATA HDD
Multi Card Reader (Including Sony's Memory Stick)
WiFi (it's a given nowadays)

You just gotta be patient to find a good deal.

My previous laptop was a Dell too, but I got it from their outlet.

1313.8.2007 10:23

Alas, i am U.K based, Dell...... Mothers day sale... lol. Not had one of those over here across the pond, not likely too either, fair enough if you can get a good deal but if you compare what you get with dell to what you can get elsewhere in the U.K it's not worth it, both with their desktops and laptops, i've had two people i know come and ask me to build them a system because dells offerings were overpriced compared.

Granted, building a system usually ends up being cheaper than buying one off the shelf but even after comparing a build and a Dell off the shelf system at the same spec Dell seems very overpriced here, i do like Dell cases but I'm not paying an extra 100 odd quid for one... lol.

1415.8.2007 6:11

Well, I agree that building your own PC is the best way to go. I've done it before with desktops, but I don't think I can with laptops...

1516.8.2007 1:26

Building laptops is quite a bit harder as you have to get hold of the plastics and major components such as motherboards without going to the manufacture for a replacement who will most likely charge you the cost of a new laptop.

One you have all the parts in hand it's just a case of piecing it together like a regular computer, a bit harder because of the smaller space you have to work with but with practice it gets easier.

Most of the time you can get hold of a lot of plastics and sometimes 'Barebone' laptops on ebay.

1616.8.2007 6:50

The big problem is that there are no ATX-like standards for building laptops...it's proprietary and everyone does it differently. Some parts are standardized...like the cd/dvd-roms (once you remove them from their propriety shell, that is), memory, modems, interior wifi-cards...but the base units...the sizes of the batteries...all proprietary (and even some of the stuff I mentioned as standardized can be proprietary in some systems).

Until some big-boy like Intel makes a standard for generic laptops this will be the situation...but I doubt that will happen because it hasn't yet and there's been plenty of time.

1717.8.2007 17:40

I like tthe fact that they are using linux, however i am currently using a dell machine at my cousins collegee and i find it too be really bad it took for ever to load and i do not like pre loaded packaged computers. I love to build my own that way i know what i can dso with it and its true capabilities.

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