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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Why would the world's second-ranked PC seller make an effort to sell an operating system that it's never sold before on custom hardware - and do it in a half-hearted manner? Why would it do this at a time when it's desperately trying to regain its number 1 ranking?
You would think that new sales initiatives are introduced at a time like this to pump up sales and make a difference to the bottom line - even if one is using the old saw of "customers want it" to sell the new line of products.
The only logical conclusion I can draw from Dell's half-arsed effort to sell Ubuntu Linux is that it is a trial run, a way of spending the minimum to assess how the market reacts to such an offering.
And the real game will come later - Novell's SUSE Linux on Dell's range of PCs and laptops.
There are a couple of good reasons to draw this conclusion.
Dell direct PC sales king Michael Dell was also in town and put aside some time to talk about Dell's channel play, a couple days before announcing earnings that beat the street and 10,000 layoffs.