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Michael Dell's Linux Choice? Ubuntu

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-04-18 Print this article Print

Officially, Dell isn't selling pre-installed Linux on its systems yet, but that hasn't stopped CEO and President Michael Dell from running the latest version of Ubuntu Linux on his home laptop. (DesktopLinux.com)

What operating system do the heads of Fortune 500 companies run on their personal laptops?

In the case of Michael S. Dell, president and CEO of Dell, it's Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn.

Yes, the head of Dell, with a market-capitalization of just south of $56 billion, isn't just saying that Dell will be selling Linux-equipped PCs in the near futureā€”he's already running Linux at home.

Click here to read more about Dell's plans to release desktops and laptops with Linux pre-installed.

To be precise, Mr. Dell, in addition to running the latest version of Ubuntu, which is still scheduled for final release on April 19, is also running the VMware Workstation 6 Beta, OpenOffice.org 2.2, Automatix2, Firefox and Evolution Groupware 2.10.

The only name that most Linux users may not recognize immediately on that list is Automatix2. Automatix2 is a popular Debian, Ubuntu, Pioneer and MEPIS Linux add-on program.

With that application in place, it becomes mindlessly simple to install useful software that doesn't come with a vanilla Ubuntu installation.

It includes access to Skype, Opera, Macromedia Flash, Google Earth, Picasa, Adobe Reader, DVD support, Wi-Fi and so on.

Mr. Dell is running all this on a loaded Dell Precision M90. The company describes this as a mobile workstation.

Read the full story on DesktopLinux.com: Michael Dell's Linux Choice? Ubuntu

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor of eWEEK.com's Linux & Open Source Center and Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.
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