Michael Dell's new broom at the company named after him is already sweeping clean with the announcement that the computer firm will start pre-loading Linux on some of its desktop and notebook ranges.
The move stems from suggestions made by customers on his latest brainchild, IdeaStorm, an online "suggestion box". In the week since its launch on 16 February, IdeaStorm has generated more than 1 800 suggestions on products and services Dell should be looking at.
The pre-loaded Linux option was announced on the website.
"It’s exciting to see the IdeaStorm community’s interest in open source solutions like Linux and OpenOffice," Dell's statement says. "Your feedback has been all about flexibility and we have seen a consistent request to provide platforms that allow people to install their operating system of choice.
"We are listening, and as a result, we are working with Novell to certify our corporate client products for Linux, including our OptiPlex desktops, Latitude notebooks and Precision workstations. This is another step towards ensuring that our customers have a good experience with Linux on our systems.
"As this community knows, there is no single customer preference for a distribution of Linux," it continues. "In the last week, the IdeaStorm community suggested more than half a dozen distributions. We don't want to pick one distribution and alienate users with a preference for another. We want users to have the opportunity to help define the market for Linux on desktop and notebook systems. In addition to working with Novell, we are also working with other distributors and evaluating the possibility of additional certifications across our product line. We are continuing to investigate your other Linux-related ideas, so please continue to check here for updates."