TuxMobil News 09/2005

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    the "TuxMobil News Digest" for September 2005[1] has good news
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|=| DELL Laptops and Mandriva Linux?

    Mandriva has announced "DELL Releases its First Linux Consumer
    Product with Mandriva"[1], the DELL Latitude 110L will be
    available with Mandriva pre-loaded. This press release is not
    online anymore! A posting a InfoWorld[2] describes some more background
    "This is really nothing new. Dell installs any distro or software that a
    customer requires through our CFI (Custom Factory Integration) program.
    This is usually for larger customers with very specific needs rather
    than your typical consumer.  In this case, Dell won a bid with the
    French Ministry of Education.  Based on the needs of the end-user,
    Dell opted to leverage its CFI capabilities to offer French students
    the 'n-series' Latitude 110L notebook with Mandriva Linux
    pre-installed.  [So] the Latitude 110Ln with the Mandriva OS is
    limited to a French Ministry of Education program available only to
    students.  When Mandriva saw this they quickly put out a press release
    without Dell's authorization or knowledge which made it appear as if
    Dell was pre-installing their OS on Dell systems [in general] rather
    than the more accurate CFI story." LinuxToday[3] asked the DELL CEO:
    "Now that a laptop with pre-installed Mandrake Linux is available in
    France, will DELL follow up with Linux laptops in the US or other
    nations?" The CEO Michael Dell denied this because "distributions of
    Linux are too "alienated", from each other to make that work".

    [1] http://www.mandriva.com/company/press/pr?n=/pr/corporate/2564
    [2] http://weblog.infoworld.com/smbit/archives/2005/09/dell_and_mandri.html
    [3] http://linuxtoday.com/it_management/2005093001826NWHWSW

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