Does this mean these Dell laptops will be cheaper?
Dell announced today that it’s going to provide Ubuntu Linux as an option for the operating system on some of it’s new laptops. Of course this is a free, open source operating system, so linux laptops should be cheaper by ~$100 right?
The big deterrent to Linux at the moment (for me at least) is compatibility. It does most things just as good if not better than Windows, but won’t run most Windows software without some serious hassle and hardware choices are sometimes limited. Dell has pledged, however, to develop fully supported machines that ship with the operating system effectively removing one big hurdle. It’s a big step in the right direction towards Linux being accepted as a viable Windows alternative. Should it gain a significant market share, hardware and software will only expand to go where there’s money to be made. It’s a good day for Linux fans.