Customer demand has increased, with 70% of the 100,000 people who took part in a recent Dell survey saying they’d use Linux.
Nick Veitch, senior editor of Linux Format magazine, said the move was “significant”, suggesting that it send two messages: that Linux is usable to the average user, and that there is a growing demand for a Windows alternative.
Dell has not yet announced which version of the operating system they’ll use, or which machines it will be pre-installed on.
Whilst it may not pose an imminent threat to Microsoft, it is good that large manufacturers are listening to their customers, and offering alternatives where they’re available. Yes, it’s possible to install Linux on a PC yourself, but it’s a whole lot easier to have the machine arrive that way.