[olug] Please Dell, prove me wrong.

Rob Townley rob.townley at gmail.com
Tue May 1 18:44:01 UTC 2007

Dell bought AlienWare - consumer machines but on the pricey side.  Even
before that, Dell sold some very expensive machines under their consumer

i am preparing myself for the worst.  Several months ago, i priced the
redhat workstations and found them to be the same price to hundreds of
dollars more than a as-close-as-possible workstation running windows xp
pro.  Maybe that changed.

i hope i am proved wrong.

On 5/1/07, Bill Brush <bbrush at gmail.com> wrote:
> From my reading it says specifically that it will be on consumer
> models (which in Dell-speak means not on the Precision or business
> lines.)
> Pricing hasn't been announced, but since Dell competes mainly on price
> I would expect it to be around $200 less than a similar model with
> Windows (which is what you save by getting RH instead of MS on a
> Precision.)
> The IdeaStorm site has some good info.
> http://www.dell.com/content/topics/global.aspx/ideastorm/ideasinaction
> Let's have a little optimism, the fact that they're going to make it
> available to consumers pre-installed is pretty big.  Like the ZDnet
> article says, "Dell typically doesn't do stuff if they don't think
> they're going to get enough volume to justify it"
> I've been waiting for this to break so I can buy a new PC.  I'm glad
> it finally did.  I just hope I like the model they offer it on,
> otherwise I'll be getting RH on a Precision 390.
> Bill
> On 5/1/07, Rob Townley <rob.townley at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Dell will try again to offer Linux (Ubuntu Feisty Fawn) on the
> desktop.  i
> > would like to get my hopes up and certainly hope it works out, but i see
> > trouble:
> >
> > -They will only sell Linux machines in the US market
> > -They usually seem to add hundreds of dollars to the price of the
> machine
> > -They may only sell it on very very high end machines, not less
> expensive
> > consumer class machines.
> >
> > Hope i am wrong.
> >

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