I Vote For Ubuntu On Dell
I was thinking in the shower the other day (don't ask me why there of all places) that Dell may very well pick Ubuntu to run on their desktop and laptop computers. In case you missed it Dell announced that they would be looking into offering Linux as a choice on their desktop and laptop lines. Ubuntu makes sense for a number of reasons. 1. Ubuntu is easy to use. I have many non-techie friends that have tried the live CD and love it. 2. Ubuntu is easy to install and upgrade. The improved install on edgy was just a breeze and upgrades have been very well tested all along. This will be very important for Dell since all the main desktop distros update frequently, and once users find out that there is something better they will want it. 3. Ubuntu is very popular among the people who are likely to buy a laptop or desktop preloaded with Linux. Just look at the number of digg posts that reference Ubuntu vs. any other distribution. On Google digg+ubuntu=11,100,000 hits! digg+fedora=1,240,000 hits. digg+suse=1,240,000 hits. Even as I write this post the ubuntu.com website has slowed to a crawl as they are releasing the next version, Feisty Fawn, today. 4. Ubuntu is visually appealing. OK. I know some people don't like brown, but hey. 5. Ubuntu already has great community support. It's not that other distros don't have good community involvment, but it if you have a question that's not already in the Ubuntu forums just post it and a few minutes later someone will respond (and they usually don't start their reply with "n00b"). 6. Ubuntu has great non-community support. Dell will need to do something to boost their tech support capabilities for Linux or this just isn't going to fly. They basically have two options: 1) they can train their existing employees to support Linux (not likely), 2) they can hire new employees to support Linux (too expensive), or 3) they could contract Canonical to do the support for them until either 1) or 2) is feasable. Option 3 could help Dell bring an option to market quickly with very little learning curve. Not only that, but I bet Mark Shuttleworth would give Dell a better discount than Red Hat or Novell. Perhaps if you are an aspiring Linux support engineer you should be watching the Canonical website if you are not already. 7. Micheal Dell already uses Ubuntu on his laptop. Perhaps the best reason of all was this update to the Dell website yesterday. If that's not a leading indicator then I don't know what one is.