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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Having Linux preloaded on PCs from major vendors is a dream many in the Linux community have had for a long time.
Preloaded Linux from a major hardware vendor is a great idea, but despite the rumors and constant talk swirling about the issue, I don't believe it will happen in the way that many would like.
The most recent talk of the preloaded Linux PC is the result of a poll Dell ran on its IdeaStorm Web site asking what users want from the besieged hardware vendor. More than 90,000 thousand respondents asked for it.
Dell in turn said it intends to work with Novell to certify corporate client products for Linux, including OptiPlex desktops, Latitude notebooks and Dell Precision workstations. But you'll have to forgive my pessimism, as it's a story I've heard many times before.
Sure Dell is one of the leading vendors of Linux, but its attention is on Linux for the enterprise.