Dell Taking Requests
I came across this announcement on the upenn.linux newsgroup today:
Here’s your chance to make a difference.
Vote for Dell to start pre-installing Linux, OpenOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird, and other open source software, as an alternative to only Microsoft Windows, Office, Internet Explorer etc:
Michael Dell is currently pushing to rejuvenate Dell by improving customer satisfaction. This site was created a week ago to gather public opinion. Ideas with lots of votes are likely to be adopted. Now is your chance to be heard.
This is good news for everyone, I think: it’s not every day that a company as large as Dell opens a forum asking for public opinion on what would improve computing. Even if you’re not a GNU/Linux user, you should be interested in this from a consumer-advocacy perspective; for too long, the model in the technology industry has been something more like “keep shoving it down their throats until they stop throwing up.”
You have to register with an email address to post any ideas or vote for others’ ideas, but it’s a completely hassle-free registration (it doesn’t even redirect you to a separate page) and I haven’t gotten any Dell-related spam yet.
Once you do register, here’s a few things you might want to vote for:
- GNU/Linux pre-installed
- GNU/Linux pre-installed on laptops
- OpenOffice pre-installed
- Ship Firefox as the default browser
- No extra software
- End PC “payola”
- No OS option
- Provide Free Software drivers for all Dell hardware
- “Linux ready” sticker
Thanks to Turgut Durduran for posting this!