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Will Alienware Ship Linux-Based PCs?

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Published on 07 July 2008 08:25 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware
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Alienware, the PC manufacturer known for their high-end gaming notebooks and desktops, has been evaluating the business opportunity in providing a Linux OS option for some of their products. Phoronix reader Ahmad Yasser had contacted us to remind the Linux community that Alienware is running a Linux-based system survey to "gauge the level of interest consumers like you have in buying a new computer that features a Linux-based operating system." This survey isn't brand new but had first appeared a few months back. The questions consist of whether you're a current Alienware customer, whether your interest is in notebooks or desktops, would Alienware be appealing with a Linux-based OS, reasons for choosing Linux over Microsoft Windows, the likelihood of purchasing a Linux-loaded Alienware PC, and related questions.

If Alienware does eventually go through with this Linux support, we'd bet Ubuntu as the premiere distribution. Alienware is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dell, which of course has a passionate relationship with Canonical and shipping Ubuntu on notebooks and desktops. We do know that Dell is indeed advancing their Canonical-Ubuntu relationship.

Alienware has been quiet on the Linux front for the past few months. Perhaps they are preparing Linux-based PCs or -- like the Ubuntu Free Software Laptop -- is being postponed until the market-share is greater? We're waiting on a response from Alienware, but in the meantime, tell us what you think about the possibility of Linux-loaded Alienware PCs in the Phoronix Forums.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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