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Dell censors IdeaStorm Linux dissent

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It seems pointless seeking ideas and feedback if you’re going to ignore and delete the ones you don’t like. That’s exactly what Dell is doing with its IdeaStorm web site, which has been set up by the company to solicit ideas and feedback.

Someone using the alias Beer28 (who is not affiliated with TECH.BLORGE.com) posted a link back to my article Dell makes excuses for backing off Linux on IdeaStorm. The article criticized Dell for back tracking on its decision to offer Linux preinstalled on its PCs and notebooks. Within hours the post, which was here, was deleted.

No matter, I have helped Dell with their technical difficulties by providing the screen shot below (click on it for a full sized version).

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Dell responds to accusations of censorship

Dell says it is not censoring IdeaStorm, merely responding to IdeaStorm community requests to “merge” ideas.

Commenting in response to our post Dell censors IdeaStorm Linux dissent, Dell spokesperson John Pope said that the company isn’t censoring dissent on IdeaStorm.

“If ideas are submitted and they turn out to be the same, we have been asked by the IdeaStorm community to merge them — as well as any votes cast and comments logged — for simplicity,” said Dell spokesperson John Pope.

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I wouldn't hold my breath...

...I don't think its gonna happen in a big way. They're just ideas, NOT something Dell announced themselves.

In the USA, you folks have the "E-Series" which is your non-Windows line. (Comes with FreeDOS, from what I hear).

In Australia, we've got NONE of that. Even when the SAME hardware is advertised under a different name. There is NO Dell desktop line that doesn't have Windows on it.

Its why I DON'T buy Dell. I build my own desktops and look for distributors who sell ThinkPads without Windows.

Will it, Won't it; Pre-install Linux?

Jeremy Bolen, spokesman for Dell, explained that their point of view is they are listening to their Linux customers. The company is already offering factory-installed Linux on some specific Dell Precision workstations for high-end corporate users, but will not be currently installing the operating system on its other laptop or desktop machines. Bolen added they are still not ruling out the option of expanding the pre-installation program at a future date.

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