If Dell finally decides to offer Ubuntu as their Linux Distribution, what seems to be actually happening, <a href=”http://www.go2linux.org/node/109>read here</a>.
Updated: Now it is official Dell and canonical signed deal
What will be the impact of such decision on Ubuntu’s position in the Linux Market? also what impact will that have in Linux’s position in the operating system’s market?
We have first to analyze the position of Dell in the Laptops and PCs market.
Well according to its web page Dell is
Number 1 in US Number 3 in Japan (Asia Pacific) Number 3 in Europe.
that said, we could see that the adoption of Linux as one option by this giant will surely increase the Linux market share, and off course Ubuntu’s Market share.
This is really good news for us “Linux users” as this will kind of “force” the rest of the industry in developing more applications for Linux, as there will be more and more Linux users.
I just hope that now HP and Lenovo also offer Linux pre-loaded with its best home PCs and Laptops, as they offer it with some models like Lenovo T60p and the HP NX5000.
Just hope that Canonical maintain its given word of maintaining Ubuntu free and open source, as the say in Ubuntu’s home page.
“The Ubuntu Promise
* Ubuntu will always be free of charge, including enterprise releases and security updates. * Ubuntu comes with full commercial support from Canonical and hundreds of companies around the world. * Ubuntu includes the very best translations and accessibility infrastructure that the free software community has to offer. * Ubuntu CDs contain only free software applications; we encourage you to use free and open source software, improve it and pass it on.</em>
What we as Linux users need to do, is to ask our Laptops with Linux, and try to enforce other to do the same, that way Dell will support even more models with Linux, and hope all the industry follows them.
Hooray for Dell and for us Linux users!.