Dell Linux vs. Apple: Let the Debate Begin
An interesting debate has started in The VAR Guy’s home. His old Windows XP PC is running out of gas. He was leaning toward a Mac Mini as a replacement. But now, Dell just complicated things. Michael & Company has officially announced plans to introduce desktops and notebooks with Linux. So what’s it gonna be: Dell Linux or Apple? Any advice out there? The VAR Guy is all ears.
First, some background about Dell. Despite accounting problems at Dell, the company still knows how to do quick math: More than 100,000 people took part in a Dell Linux survey, and more than 70 percent of participants said they would use a Dell Linux system in both the home and the office, according to the Direct2Dell web site. Dell wrapped up the survey on March 23. Less than a week later, the company now vows to act quickly to meet customer demands for Linux.
“Dell has heard you and we will expand our Linux support beyond our existing servers and Precision workstation line,” the Dell blog states. “Our first step in this effort is offering Linux pre-installed on select desktop and notebook systems. We will provide an update in the coming weeks that includes detailed information on which systems we will offer, our testing and certification efforts, and the Linux distribution(s) that will be available. The countdown begins today.”
Indeed, it does.