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Re: Dell Linux Survey has Fedora as an option

2007/3/14, hymno3 <crazymulgogi gmail com>:
Indeed, tiresome to see all the fanboys trying to impose what they feel
is "the best thing" as the standard for the yet-to-see Dell preloaded
Linux distro.

It is rather disheartening. Linux distributions are (mostly)
cooperating with each other, but some of the users are definitely
doing each other more harm than taking away from Microsoft.

Sure, Fedora had and continues to have (minor) bugs, just like any
distro, but I can't help thinking that much of the anti-Fedora prejudice
is pure hearsay. Have the Fedora-bashers ever used it?

Most of them, probably not. There's the fantasyland of Red Hat being
the next Microsoft (this dates back to even before RHEL's launch).

In the end, to a lot of people it doesn't matter what Dell preloads
because they will install their own favourite distribution instead. Yet
much is, theoretically, at stake here. If people, especially those new
to Linux, try it out and buy such a Dell machine, and they like what
they see, they won't uninstall it.

Anyway, we all know it will be either Suse or Ubuntu, unless Red Hat is
going to subsidise Dell a little, which I don't think is their business
model. (?)

If Dell preloads Ubuntu, it will be blob time soon. What has the
Linux/FOSS world gained then?

I commented on the blog, advocating that making Linux drivers
available is more important than what distribution is shipped by
default. Considering Dell just switched their supported Linux
configuration to SLES/D, I do agree with you that they'd probably go
with either SuSE or Ubuntu .. hopefully, if it's the former it's
openSUSE (no silly Microsoft extortion money), and if it's the latter,
we'll still get free drivers.

Dell's computers can normally be configured to use components with
free drivers (e.g. for wireless, you can choose between Dell Wireless
and Intel 3945 -- the latter is *almost* free; for graphics you can
choose b/w Intel and nVidia), so the only two things we need is
1) Linux certification: the hardware works without non-FOSS drivers
2) BIOS updates, etc. are released in a way that they can be applied
without Windows onboard

I made these points on the blog; please add anything else you could think of.

Michel Salim

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