Bring back Linux as an OS option

December 6, 2012

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With the return of linux on the xps 13s in the form of the sputnik program I feel that Dell is taking a step in the right direction. I think that offering linux as an alternative OS to windows would be a great way to bring in more developers and a way to lower the cost of the computers. I don't quite understand charging $50 more for the linux version of the xps 13 when it should cost less to be using the linux OS. Or even better give an option to just get a blank hd with nothing on it and let the user install their own OS.

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  • Dec 14, 2012     Comment Link

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    lupisak - Have you seen the XPS 13 Developer edition?  I was excited to help gather feedback for the system on IdeaStorm during the development. I had a chance to see the system in person at Dell World this week and must say that I was very impressed with it.  While the system was released in USA, the team is working to release it in several other countries in the comming months.  You will also notice that is pretty easy to find on the Home & Small Business websites.
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  • Dec 13, 2012     Comment Link

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    The computer manufacturer who dares to ignore the many threats from Redmond (about reducing their discount if the "quota" [100% of their computer sales] of windows installations is not met) and goes ahead to offer "No OS" at a reduced rate on *every* computer they offer for sale, immediately has my attention. If they make sure that all components they use either have an open source driver or a decent proprietary driver that works on Linux is likely to have me as a customer, along with my recommendations to numerous others. Offering Linux preinstalled is great, especially if it's Ubuntu. That will make it attractive for less experienced users, but for me this is not essential.
    What's essential is to be able to buy a computers - any computer from all of their inventory - without a penny going to a proprietary OS vendor. Buying a computer with a proprietary OS and then throwing it in the bin is not an option - even if it was free. Actually, I woulnd't do it even it it cost less! It's just not an option.
    I doubt I'm the only person to think like this, and the computer manufacturers who listen to us will get to serve a lucrative and *growing* niche market, one consisting of experts who other people ask for advice, and who rarely, if ever. will call your technical support - uless it is to give them a tip for improvement, as opposed to a *shrinking* main stream market of people who needs hand holding all the time.

    Oh, and also, don't make it US only - there are also people in the rest of the world!
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  • Dec 6, 2012     Comment Link

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    I agree with the idea about having systems w/o OS. It's a great option leave the user choose their option of OS.
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  • Dec 6, 2012     Comment Link

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    Thank you for posting your idea jabbajac.  Can you advise which configurations you are comparing to find the $50 difference in price on the XPS13 Developer Edition (AKA: Sputnik)