From Desktop Linux
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:Mr. Dell opens up about Desktop LinuxMar. 07, 2006
Michael Dell, chairman of Dell Inc. believes in offering Linux on the desktop, server, and workstation. What he doesn't believe in, for now, is giving Linux full support on the desktop. In an exclusive interview, Dell explained his company's Linux desktop strategy to DesktopLinux.com's Steven J. Vaughan Nichols.
[snip]Dell replied, "We love Linux, and we're doing our best to support the Linux community. We see lots of opportunity there. If the Linux desktops could converge at their cores, such a common platform would make it easier to support. Or, if there was a leading or highly preferred version that a majority of users would want, we'd preload it."
In the end, "we see [the Linux desktop] as a customer-driven activity. If customers want it, well, Dell will give it to them."
One company has not played a role in Dell's Linux decisions. "Microsoft has not talked to us about Linux. If they did, I wouldn't care. It's none of their business," concluded Dell.
Bullcrap. Don't you believe it for a moment. Dell outsources their techsuppoort so that is not an issue. They could choose several major distros and leave the minor ones to be installed on your own. Just you try ordering a XPS without
Windows. There is no such option! Mr. Dell says they'll load it with FreeDOS, but where is my choice? Not in the home/home office section. What about small business? They are on a "Open Source Desktops" link just below the major selections in small business. A Linux loaded XPS appears beyond the reach of consumer choice. Dell is a total Microsoft lackey. I was still working at Dell when they laid off their Linux group. I had good friends on that team.
Searching eWEEK, I dug up the old EWeek article
.March 18, 2002
Microsoft, States Debate Remedies
By Darryl K. Taft
WASHINGTON—Attorneys for Microsoft Corp. and the states that have yet to settle with the software giant on Monday presented opposing views on the company's history and remedies that should be crafted to prevent it from abusing its monopolistic power.
[snip]Kuney introduced a Microsoft memo to Ballmer, from the spring of 2000, that called into question Dell Computer Corp.'s backing of Linux. The memo said it was "untenable that a Windows Premier Partner would be promoting Linux." A subsequent memo, from early 2001, showed that Dell had disbanded its Linux business unit, laid off the head of the unit and dispersed the talent, Kuney said. He introduced other similar memos regarding Compaq Computer Corp.'s Linux push and Microsoft's alleged pressure on Compaq to "meet demand but not help create demand" for Linux.
Kuney continued to bang the drum over Microsoft's alleged pressure on OEMs by introducing a summer 2000 memo from Microsoft's former OEM chieftain Joachim Kempin to Gates. "I'm thinking of hitting the OEMs harder than in the past with anti-Linux. ... They should do a delicate dance," Kempin said in the note. Those who did not dance to Microsoft's tune would be hit with restricted source code deliveries, Kuney told the courtroom. Gates forwarded the Kempin memo to Ballmer, without questioning such strategies, Kuney added.