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Dell bringing back XP

Postby kenetics on Tue Jun 05, 2007 9:15 pm

Amid significant customer demand, the computer maker said on Thursday that it has returned to offering the older Windows version as an option on some of its consumer PCs.

Like most computer makers, Dell switched nearly entirely to Vista-based systems following Microsoft's mainstream launch of the operating system in January. However, the company said its customers have been asking for XP as part of its IdeaStorm project, which asks customers to help the company come up with product ideas.

"We heard you loud and clear on bringing the Windows XP option back to our Dell consumer PC offerings," Dell said on its Ideas in Action page. Users get to vote on various suggestions, and the notion of bringing back XP got 10,000 "points," making it among the most popular requests but well below top picks such as adding Linux or OpenOffice.org to its PCs.


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Re: Dell bringing back XP

Postby merlwiz79 on Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:22 am

kenetics wrote:
Amid significant customer demand, the computer maker said on Thursday that it has returned to offering the older Windows version as an option on some of its consumer PCs.

Like most computer makers, Dell switched nearly entirely to Vista-based systems following Microsoft's mainstream launch of the operating system in January. However, the company said its customers have been asking for XP as part of its IdeaStorm project, which asks customers to help the company come up with product ideas.

"We heard you loud and clear on bringing the Windows XP option back to our Dell consumer PC offerings," Dell said on its Ideas in Action page. Users get to vote on various suggestions, and the notion of bringing back XP got 10,000 "points," making it among the most popular requests but well below top picks such as adding Linux or OpenOffice.org to its PCs.


http://news.com.com/Dell+brings+back+XP ... 77619.html


Forget XP buy Linux instead.
http://www.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/linux_3x?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs
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Postby civint on Wed Jun 06, 2007 3:37 pm

I'm not sure how many people will go for the pre built linux machine thing, since most people I know who are using linux prefer to "roll their own", if you will, however, it is an encouraging move towards desktop acceptability of linux, although I will avoid any claims about this year being the year of the linux desktop, since it seems to me like it's an attempt to bring linux to the poulare people, only because dell don't risk losing any money, co's if they don't sell the linux boxes, they can slap a copy of xp/vista onto the hard drive and sell them off.
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Postby merlwiz79 on Wed Jun 06, 2007 4:33 pm

civint wrote:I'm not sure how many people will go for the pre built linux machine thing, since most people I know who are using linux prefer to "roll their own", if you will, however, it is an encouraging move towards desktop acceptability of linux, although I will avoid any claims about this year being the year of the linux desktop, since it seems to me like it's an attempt to bring linux to the poulare people, only because dell don't risk losing any money, co's if they don't sell the linux boxes, they can slap a copy of xp/vista onto the hard drive and sell them off.

Though I Build my own PC my next one will come from Dell.
Why? Because I want to support Linux and tell the other manufactures that their is away to sell Linux machines.
This also will help kick start more software and driver support for Linux if it works for Dell.
If more distros had CNR it could make it easier for big software companies to sell their products to people using Linux.
I see this as a step needed to bring Linux to more people. 8)
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Postby clem on Thu Jun 07, 2007 7:08 pm

About CNR: I am not against the inclusion of CNR within Mint, but although Linspire announced deploying efforts to make it work with Ubuntu they showed no sign that they would do the same for smaller distros. Also, I don't like the fact that users have to pay to use the CNR service. These are two of the reasons why I wanted to develop mintInstall. Which one will become more popular for us in the long run, who knows? At least if CNR doesn't give us exactly what we need we'll have an alternative.

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Postby merlwiz79 on Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:40 am

clem wrote:About CNR: I am not against the inclusion of CNR within Mint, but although Linspire announced deploying efforts to make it work with Ubuntu they showed no sign that they would do the same for smaller distros. Also, I don't like the fact that users have to pay to use the CNR service. These are two of the reasons why I wanted to develop mintInstall. Which one will become more popular for us in the long run, who knows? At least if CNR doesn't give us exactly what we need we'll have an alternative.

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I thought it would be nice to have both.
I don't use CNR but like the idea for others to use if needed.
In fact I like mintInstall better because it's like the pcbsd .pbi.
Also mintInstall keeps the original sources.lst, which is alot better than CNR, since every thing gets installed though CNR on Linspire.
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Postby clem on Fri Jun 08, 2007 11:02 am

A pbi contains the software though doesn't it ? That makes pbi big files to download?

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Postby merlwiz79 on Fri Jun 08, 2007 10:20 pm

clem wrote:A pbi contains the software though doesn't it ? That makes pbi big files to download?

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Yes, but it's already compiled that's why.
If it wasn't compiled it would take longer to install.
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