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Microsoft’s Dell Play: Smart Save or Nokia 2.0?

It's no secret that partnerships involving Microsoft tend to make Linux bloggers nervous, and given the lessons of history, it's not exactly any wonder, either. So FOSS fans will have to be excused for the anxiety with which they've watched the latest developments with Dell. CEO and founder Michael ...

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Dell’s Increasingly Excellent Linux Adventures

The weather outside may be frightful, to adapt a phrase for the scorched and overheated world here in the Northern hemisphere, but there's no denying that July is turning out to be delightful for our favorite operating system. Not only did Linux get a heaping helping of recognition in the big Higgs ...

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Ubuntu’s Wild Ride on the Dell Roller Coaster

There are many occupational hazards associated with being a fan of FOSS, but one Linux Girl never expected to have to endure is what's afflicting her now: whiplash. Yes, after all the unexpected twists and turns in Dell's approach to Ubuntu, another surprise maneuver came up last week that was simpl...

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Dell’s ‘Brilliant’ Windows vs. Ubuntu Analysis

Here in the Linux community, we're already pretty accustomed to strange behavior from hardware vendors when it comes to our favorite operating system. Sometimes, though, you just have to sit back and scratch your head. The latest example? None other than Dell. After the curious case of its disappear...

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Dell’s ‘Love Letter’ to Linux: Now You See It, Now You Don’t?

Well, it's been an emotional rollercoaster ride here in the Linux blogosphere in recent days, thanks to Dell's proclamation -- and then apparent retraction -- of its love for Linux. "Ubuntu is safer than Microsoft Windows" read item No. 6 on Dell's "Top 10 list of things you should know about Ubuntu...

Is Dell Taking a Shine to Chrome?

Dell reportedly is talking with Google about the possibility of using the search giant's Chrome OS on its laptop computers. Dell wants to be a "leader" when it comes to implementing Chrome and Android, said Amit Midha, Dell's president for Greater China and South Asia, who confirmed that talks betwe...

Dell Offers Unpolished Chrome OS for Mini Netbooks

Less than a week after Google released the code for its Chrome OS, Dell announced that it has succeeded in getting the operating system up and running on its Mini 10v netbook. "Without a network connection, ChromiumOS is not very interesting," company blogger and technology strategist Doug Anson wro...

Dell’s Mini 3 Android to Begin Global March in China

After months of rumors, Dell has confirmed its intention to become a major player in the smartphone sector, announcing partnerships with China Mobile and Brazil-based Claro, which is part of the America Movil network. This is not a regional or emerging market strategy on the part of Dell. "We plan t...

Is Dell Getting Its Android On?

Dell is reportedly building an Android smartphone for AT&T. If the rumor should prove true, it would mean significant advances for both companies. It would be AT&T's first offering built on the open source mobile operating system developed by Google. Android made a strong start out of the gate, and ...

Does Dell’s Primordial Smartphone Have an Android Inside?

Computer manufacturer Dell on Monday confirmed that it's making mobile devices for China Mobile, the world's largest wireless carrier in terms of subscribers. This followed China Mobile's announcement in Beijing on Monday of its new mobile app store. "We are developing devices for China Mobile, but ...

Is Dell Building an Android PDA?

Here's one of the many questions facing device makers targeting the mini notebook and netbook markets: When business users or consumers want to access the Web on the go, will they be willing to set aside a smartphone or cellphone and instead log on using a next-generation PDA? Dell may be wagering t...

Dell Suns Itself With Solaris

Sun Microsystems and Dell have put aside their longstanding rivalry and teamed up to offer business customers Sun's Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris operating systems preloaded on Dell's PowerEdge servers. The joint announcement Wednesday at Oracle's OpenWorld conference in San Francisco follows a similar...

Dell’s Linux PC Shop Opens for Business

Following weeks of anticipation, open source software fans can now buy three Dell computers preloaded with Linux. The machines -- the XPS 410n and Dimension E520n desktops, and the Inspiron E1505n notebook -- have factory-installed Ubuntu 7.04 Linux operating systems. Although the move is expected t...

Dell Reveals Preloaded Ubuntu Linux Due Date

Dell reportedly will launch three models of its much anticipated laptop and desktop computers loaded with Ubuntu Linux this Thursday. Although the company has refused to provide any details, blogger Jeremy Garcia -- a Linux advocate who runs the Web site Linuxquestions.org -- released an e-mail from...

Ubuntu on Dell: Where’s the Profit?

Dell took another step toward fulfilling its promise of brining preinstalled Linux operating systems to select consumer computers Tuesday when it announced it has selected Canonical's Ubuntu as its distribution of choice. While many Linux enthusiasts have hailed the announcement and look forward to ...

Ubuntu Linux Coming Soon to Dell PCs

Dell plans to offer the Linux-based Ubuntu operating system on its computers, the company announced Tuesday. In a partnership with Dell, Ubuntu's distributor Canonical will provide technical support and service to Dell customers for an additional fee. Both Dell and Canonical hint that this could be ...

Dell Gives In to Linux Lovers

After weeks of speculation in the Linux community, Dell made its open source plans official Wednesday, confirming rumors that it will begin selling select desktops and notebooks with Linux operating systems preinstalled. Dell said the decision was made as a result of feedback from customers on its I...

Dell Invites Customers to Pick Favorite Linux Flavors

Ever since Dell launched its IdeaStorm Web site earlier this year, the company has been inundated with customers -- and potential customers -- clamoring for Dell to offer Linux preinstalled on desktop and laptop PCs. In February, Dell said it would certify Novell's Suse Linux on business desktop and...

Dell Puts Preinstalled Linux on the Table

Dell's new IdeaStorm Web site, which invites the public to post ideas and product suggestions to Dell, has exploded with interest in desktop Linux. Thousands of site community members have asked Dell to preinstall several different versions of Linux on desktop and laptop computers, prompting Dell to...

Dell Expands Linux Options with Novell Deal

In a move that gives Linux greater play in the data center, Dell has reached an agreement with Novell to certify Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 on Dell PowerEdge servers. The companies said the deal would give customers more choices for fully-supported Linux platform developments. Dell Servic...

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