The article points to its sister site, DesktopLinux.com which suggests that the first machines loaded with Ubuntu’s “Feisty Fawn” will be the “Dell e-series ‘Essential’ Dimension desktop, an XPS desktop and an e-series Inspiring laptop, and that the systems will be available in late May 2007.”
As an Ubuntu user, who has quickly become a fan, I am excited by this news. But my mind quickly fills with a number of questions.
- Is Dell hoping to increase PC sales by taping into those who have been building their own PCs and installing open source
- Is this move solely focused on the consumer market? Or is a part of their strategy to grab some additional small / mid-size business user business who may have switched to open source?
- What impact, if any, will this have on the long-term marketplace?
- How nervous should Microsoft be about this move?
- Assuming it is a successful move, how many years will it take to truly have an impact?
- Even if the numbers of buyers aren’t huge, how much of an impact will this move have on Dell’s bottom line since it is a freely available OS?
If you have an opinion, I would love to hear it.