Dell Pulls in Reins on Linux

Dell Computer has announced plans to discontinue pre-installation of Linux software on its desktop and laptop computers. The change is due to low demand for the product.

Linux is an alternative to the Windows operating system, and the software for Linux can be downloaded at no charge from the Internet.

"Not that many customers are using Linux for their desktop systems," said Jim Mazzola, a spokesman for Dell.

Dell will continue to provide factory installation of Linux to corporate customers using workstation and server lines.

Red Hat, Inc. provides the Linux software that Dell installs on its machines. Dell also installs the Novell Netware server operating system and a variety of Microsoft Windows system.

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