Although there were lots of rumors going around about Dell pre-installing Linux on their laptops ever since their survey had 70% voters voting in favor of the action, the masses weren’t given a definite response until now. Details of the pre-install are still unknown, but most probably they’ll go with either SUSE or Ubuntu (the former being blessed by Microsoft whereas the latter being more user-friendly).
So, will Linux finally start claiming some serious share in the desktop market? Not really. Or at least, not until other hardware manufactures e.g. HP and IBM start following Dell’s footsteps. The optimism meter of penguin fans will nevertheless be seeing a major boost.