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Dell pcs to ship with Ubuntu v7.04 pre-loaded

According to a Peter Galli article on eWeek.com:

Dell and Canonical will announce a partnership on May 1 that will see the hardware giant ship Ubuntu Linux preinstalled on some of its desktop and laptop computers.

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
    OSs?
  • 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.

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Ubuntu v7.04 – Fiesty Fawn

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Late last week, I decided to upgrade two of my PCs from Ubuntu’s v6.10 (Edgy Eft) to the beta release of v7.04 aka Fiesty Fawn.  Now while I have mentioned before that I have “tech-tendencies” but not nearly as tech savvy as many of you, I found the upgrade process to be extremely easy.  Better yet, as the OS was doing its thing, I was able to continue surfing the internet and do other work.  The entire upgrade process took about 40 minutes and to my surprise – given my experiences with other operating systems – everything was working as expected.  And now with almost a week under my belt, I have not experienced any issues with this beta release.  So far, I have to say that I am very impressed.  I like having the latest and greatest release, but normally in this situation you hope for the best, but expect the worse.  And so far (knock, knock, knock) all is great!

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Dell to go after the consumer linux market… again

According to the March 29th Red Herring article, Dell has plans to again offer a Linux PC to the consumer market.  According to the article this is in part due to the “100,000 or so customers who requested it on a Dell web site.”  It would seem that this is also due in part to Dell’s slipping market share and the fact that non-techie’s are beginning to install and use Linux OSs.  Offering their PCs pre-loaded with open-source OS and applications will drive the cost of the PC down and potentially allow it to increase its number of units sold.

 

Michael Dell Looks Different in a Tux

 

Long-term, if this move is successful it could also enable Linux to be seen as an alternative to Windows and OS X.  Given Dell’s relatively large support organization they can, for a fee, provide the average user with Linux support.

As the article points out, Dell has offered a consumer Linux PC previously, but this time the conditions appear to be favorable – the various Linux OSs are more stable and feature rich, a larger portion of their consumers are asking for Linux, and Dell needs to replace the consumers that the lost to other pc vendors in its core market.

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Xcerion Announces Internet Operating System

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In the third quarter of this year, a Swedish-based company called Xcerion expects to launch XIOS or Xcerion Internet Operating System.  They predict that their XML-based operating system will allow for very inexpensive thin-clients – for example computers running Linux and a browser – to run a combination of applications delivered by Xcerion and third-parties.  Xcerion’s hope is to do what Microsoft did for client-based application development for web-based application development.  From a software developer’s perspective of consumer or business applications, this OS can potentially, dramatically reduce the number of operating systems that they will have to develop products for and support.

 

Xcerion expects to produce revenue by offering customers the ability to run a free ad-supported version of the application or pay a small annual fee ($5 – $10) to run them ad-free.  The company also expects to manage subscriptions to third-party applications, collecting a portion of the subscription fee.  They are embracing Google’s model for ad-supported revenue.  But, will they be able to mine their customer data well enough so that they can provide advertisers with the same type of targeted ads as Google’s adword program.  If so this model could work well for them, assuming that a large enough population of people use the completely free version.

 

For those business customers or those not wishing to have ads, time will tell if their pricing model and availability of business applications will enable them to be a viable alternative.  I also wonder about the security of the Xcerion datacenter.  I would expect a number of business users to spend time verifying their security.  But, we have also seen some major organizations begin to move in the direction of SaaS.  Last month Salesforce.com announced that Merrill Lynch was rolling out SFDCs new wealth management edition to approximately 25,000 users.

 

I personally will be very interested to test out this new Operating System.  While Google, Microsoft and others have been working towards the development of web-based applications, this is one of the first organizations to go after a web-based operating system.  If successful – and if not acquired by Google or Microsoft first – this company could give both of these organizations a run for their money.

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Unbuntu

A month or so ago I decided that I was either going to replace the Windows operating system on one of my personal laptops.  I debated about purchasing a new version of Windows or installing Linux.  I quickly decided to give Linux a try and reviewed a number of different version – using the postings of the various communities.  I finally decided to go with Unbuntu and I absolutely love it.  The install was very easy and I really enjoy the clean look and feel of the design.  Now I am wondering why I did not try it earlier.

Unbuntu

If you are thinking about giving Linux a try, I would highly recommend Unbuntu.  I am now in the process of switching my other to laptops over to Unbuntu as well.

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