Yep. Maybe I will get my Santa Rosa 'Centrino Pro' laptop from them then, when that comes out this summer.
Another interesting tidbit is from Micheal Dell's blog:
At least half of the comments effectively said "we want Free Software, GPL-licensed drivers which are maintained in kernel.org, for all hardware in Dell systems." This request is not new to us—it's been our standard operating procedure for the last 8 years on PowerEdge servers, which today have no closed-source drivers necessary.Dell recognizes the importance of open source, GPL-licensed drivers which are maintained upstream in kernel.org. They allow users the widest choice of Linux distributions, effectively taking the specific hardware and distribution out of the decision-making process and let you focus on solving your business problems. We will work with our hardware partners to develop, test, and maintain Free drivers, and continue to make progress towards that goal for all drivers. Most drivers are in good shape now, but there's clearly longer-term work to be done. Work that we're doing now at the driver level will pave the way for more Linux offerings in the future. There's no way to please everyone, but I'll continue to share more details around our strategy as we have new developments. Stay tuned.
Hopefully AMD/ATI is listenning. Because now not only you have end users complaining about driver support, but now you have one of the major OEMs publicly stating that they prefer open source drivers.
As it is right now Dell won't sell a Linux box for a server unless the hardware is fully supported by open source drivers. Other commercial companies like Redhat and such won't support closed source drivers either.
There are very good practical and business reasons why this is so. It goes far beyond any sort of 'religious' outlook on software.