Linux Distros, PC Makers say, 'Don't Forget About Us'


The buzz continues around Dell's decision to pre-load Ubuntu Linux onto some desktops, and already the move by the Round Rock, Texas-based PC maker is creating jobs: the number of public relations people sending out email urging the market to not forget about their companies.

Across the transom from Linspire this morning:

San DiegoCity of Industry, California - May 3rd, 2007 - Linspire, Inc., developer of the Linspire commercial and developer of CNR, a one-click digital software delivery service for desktop Linux programs, along with Mirus Innovations Inc., a leading North America PC manufacturer that brings innovative digital lifestyle products to consumer and small business customers with a focus on high-value and low-cost, today celebrate the Three Year Anniversary of Koobox.com
selling Linux-only pre-installed desktop PCs to the mainstream consumer marketplace. An authorized Linspire system builder, Mirus pre-installed desktop Linux systems have been sold through various other mass merchant online retail stores over the years including Sears.com, Kmart.com and HomeDepot.com

Mirus manufactures a wide variety of systems, with Intel processors, AMD processors, Windows and Linspire on both the desktop and laptop.

From Xandros, a press aide sent out this statement from CEO Andreas Typaldos:

We are delighted that Dell is taking a leading role in pushing desktop Linux into the market place. We are also very pleased that by selecting Ubuntu as its pure open source distro, Dell is endorsing the Debian tree on which both Ubuntu and Xandros are based. This is a solid first step and we feel that Dell will see the value of also offering commercial grade Linux desktops, such as those offered by Xandros, Novell, and others, as well as pure open source offerings.

Justin Steinman of Novell told CRN yesterday that his company continues to speak to Dell about pre-loading SLED 10 onto PCs. Red Hat put out this statement almost at the same time the Dell-Ubuntu deal was announced.

As they say down the road at Belmont Park: It's off to the races.