Big news of the day seems to be all Dell. Dell’s going to be selling laptops in retail at Walmart. This is quite different from a time when the direct model was allowing Dell to leave their competition in the dust. Seems like consumers want to be able to see and feel a computer before dropping some money.
So that took care of the general consumer market, but enthusiasts also got a dose of good news. Dell, today, began offering select computers with Linux, specifically Ubuntu. Everyone’s clamoring over the event, but let me ask, how many people are actually going to buy a Dell, just because they’re offering Ubuntu? Chances are, the people who’ve been using Linux build their own computers. Are they willing to sacrifice choice of components and go with a Dell? I’ve dabbled around in Linux as well, but the mere fact that Dell is offering them, doesn’t mean I’m going to buy one. I still prefer to have the choice associated with self-assembled machines.
Sure, pre-installed Linux may have gotten nearly 150 thousand votes on IdeaStorm, but in reality only a very small percentage of that will actually go out and buy a Dell, just because they ‘listened‘. In the end, open source fanatics will be able to brag and tell all that they effected a change at a major corporation, but I doubt Dell will see the sort of volume that IdeaStorm seems to indicate may occur.
And you can be pretty sure that if sales are next to nothing, Dell will pull the plug, citing just that. Oh, how they’ll howl then.