It’s time for all the fans that rallied behind the idea of Dell providing Ubuntu, or any other Linux distribution, to follow through and purchase a system…
Scratch that, they have all disappeared!
Some choice quotes from the same exact fanbase-type “users” that posted to Dell’s IdeaStorm:
“I don’t know how I feel about the “for advanced users and tech enthusiasts” bit. Seems like it undermines my stance on what Linux is about. Dell will not be getting my business until they change.”
“Ubuntu is great, but until it can play all Windows games at near the same performance, I don’t believe it will ever be “better” for my uses.”
“I would definitely pay $50 for a Windows license and a better video card in the Dimension, even more!”
“I’m disappointed that they only offer shitty models and options.”
“I’ve NEVER liked or bought any DELL products, and NEVER will. Why would I want to save 40 bucks on something I would never buy…”
“I love Linux, Ubuntu, and the open-source/GPL movement, but I like to put my systems together personally.”
“If Ubuntu was anything BUT a technical nightmare to configure, what would be the reason to buy one of these? Yes, it installs really easily. Getting it to WORK is next to impossible.”
“You get a computer with an OS you can ***download for free*** pre-installed. Wow!”
“I’m not really interested in buying a PC with an OS, as much as buying a PC with no OS installed.”
How the tides have turned! Not that I, or anyone else, should be surprised. This was to be expected. After all, our fanboys are our biggest hindrance… They talk the talk, but never walk the walk.
Something to consider: once you price the exact same XPS 410 [Vista Home Premium] and 410n [Ubuntu] system, take into account that Dell is offering free shipping on the Vista system, while the Ubuntu system will cost $30 to ship — you are saving only $10!
[I’ve taken the comments from digg and slashdot, and have slightly edited them for better readability]