Dell Computer, the world’s largest PC hardware vendor, is preparing to add Linux as an OS option on its popular Dimension desktop series.
Currently priced from less than $900 to $2,200, the Dimension desktop PCs will be available with Linux by October, a company spokesman said. Dell also will offer Linux as an option on its Inspiron notebook line by the end of the year.
Analysts say the move is certain to increase the credibility of the Linux story and possibly broaden the market for Linux desktops.
Dell has previously offered Linux as an option on its PowerEdge servers, Precision Workstations and OptiPlex business computers. IBM offers Linux on its Intel-based Netfinity servers, but the Dell move to put Linux on a consumer and mass-market PC flanks its rivals, industry observers said.
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