Dell drops Linux from the desktop

Dell Computer has quietly stopped offering the Linux operating system as an option on its desktop and laptop PCs, saying low demand forced the Linux advocate to pull the software from its online stores.

          Dell Computer has quietly stopped offering the Linux operating system as an option on its desktop and laptop PCs, saying low demand forced the Linux advocate to pull the software from its online stores.

          Dell has championed the open-source operating system through investments in companies such as Red Hat and Linux desktop software maker Eazel, which has since gone out of business.

          CEO Michael Dell gave a speech at the LinuxWorld conference last year in San Jose, where he remarked that "the only thing growing faster than Linux is Linux on Dell."

          While the company has seen strong sales of Linux on workstations and servers, it has sold few desktops and laptops this year loaded with Linux, says a Dell spokeswoman. The vendor dropped Linux from its PCs and laptops about six weeks ago but did not announce the move publicly, she says.

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