Dell finally caves to customer pressure and offers systems with Linux pre-installed on them.

Mar 17, 2016

Back in the late 90's, Dell offered computers for sale with Linux installed on them instead of Microsoft Windows, a move which got them sued and pressured to stop this practice. On 16 February 2007 they set up a website called Dell Ideastorm to gather suggestions from their users and customers so that they could better work within the marketplace.

Well, guess what the thousands of requests they recieved included - I'll give you a hint, the site got flattened by the influx of traffic and is still getting hammered.

In response to these requests they started adding lines of desktops and notebooks running SUSE Linux from Novell to their online catalogues. Whether or not they'll be forced by other parties to stop doing this remains to be seen.