Too many Linux distros mean that OEMs steer clear

February 28th, 2007

Dell's responded to the request to have Linux pre-installed that surfaced on IdeaStorm:

As this community knows, there is no single customer preference for a distribution of Linux. In the last week, the IdeaStorm community suggested more than half a dozen distributions. We don't want to pick one distribution and alienate users with a preference for another. We want users to have the opportunity to help define the market for Linux on desktop and notebook systems. In addition to working with Novell, we are also working with other distributors and evaluating the possibility of additional certifications across our product line. . . . 

A predictable response.  This is an example of where having too many options is not a good thing.

However, it raises a few interesting questions.  Here are two:

  • How much would someone wanting a Linux-based Dell be willing to pay for that privilege?
  • Just how big is the market?

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