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Dell gives Linux a vote of confidence

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But it's not all good news for Microsoft, as Dell plans to sell OS-free PCs as well. With Linux becoming more popular, the company recognises there is a sizeable niche market that wants to choose which operating system to use.

Adam Griffin, Dimension product marketing manager, made it clear that Dell has no plans to sell PCs running Linux, but believed the move would attract customers who want to install it themselves, and so save money by not paying for Windows XP.

He expected OS-free machines to be available late this year in the US, but was unsure if they would be in the UK by Christmas. If Dell does launch the PCs, they are likely to be higher-end machines aimed at experts, because loading an operating system - and all the drivers - is the domain of technically confident users.

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