Dell + Linux

For the Linux fans out there, here is some good news for your holiday weekend. Dell has just launched 5 new computers that come pre-installed with Ubuntu Linux which includes one all-in-on system and 4 laptops. Of all the big system builders Dell has been very faithful to the Linux crowd that don't want to have to buy a system with Windows pre-installed only to have to delete it and start over again installing Linux. Obviously by looking at the operating system market share numbers the demand for these computers won't be huge but it's nice to see big companies like Dell offering some alternatives. Betanews has the full story.

Over the years, many people have bought Windows machines only to wipe the storage drive and install their favorite Linux-based operating system. For the most part, this practice works well, but you still may experience hardware incompatibilities, albeit far fewer nowadays than in prior years. The Wi-Fi card, for instance, may not have Linux drivers, leading to huge headaches.

The better option is to buy a computer with Linux pre-installed. Why? Well, this lets you know that all the hardware is compatible, as the seller has tested it beforehand. Not to mention, you are supporting the Linux community this way. Buying a Windows PC even when you erase Windows still helps Microsoft -- why the heck would you want to do that?