Ubuntu crowd bends Dell's ear

by Paul Jay, CBC News online

Earlier this year Dell Inc. announced it would begin offering consumers computers with a pre-installed Linux operating system - later revealed to be Ubuntu. The idea came in response to the company's IdeaStorm website, where users can suggest things they'd like the computer company to offer.

Interestingly, the Ubuntu/Linux crowd isn't quite done telling Dell how to run its business. In fact, it's probably safe to say they've completely taken over the IdeaStorm website.

Under IdeaStorm's popularity score system, the top five user recommendations all deal with Ubuntu and Linux, with consumers asking for a discount for using the bare-bones OS, as well as increased Linux availability around the world and access to Linux drivers.

The third most popular idea is for Dell to produce a series of TV commercials, with several commentators recommending the company go for the Mac vs. PC style of advertising. Linux users shouldn't hold their breath. As commenter phubert writes:

mmm... but Dell WILL be selling (and IS selling) MANY more systems with Vista than with Linux... better not to mention Vista unless you're Apple!

That sounds like a PR nightmare. Dell's already had to handle one of those this week.