Through a partnership with Questar, a PC distributor, Dell has introduced a line of Linux-based desktop computers in Europe.
Each computer will be shipped by Dell and preinstalled with the English or Italian version of the Linspire 4.5 Linux-based operating system. Each PC will include Dell’s gold technical support.
“Our agreement with Dell allows our customers to purchase high-quality Linux computers with an exceptional Dell service warranty and access to Linspire’s software Warehouse,” said David Orban, chief executive officer of Questar.
“By joining forces, we’re both able to forge new commercial frontiers in Europe and offer top-value Linux solutions and support to our customers.”
OpenOffice and Other Software
All Dell computers sold by Questar will be equipped with the latest version of Linspire and will include the OpenOffice suite complete with word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.
OpenOffice offers native file compatibility with Microsoft Office.
In addition, customers who purchase a Dell computer will receive a one-year membership to the Linspire Warehouse, where users can find over 1,800 software programs.
With Linspire’s “click-and-run” technology, users can install new software applications on their computers simply by selecting them from the software library online.
Dell Plus Linux
“This is a winning combination for the European community — Dell’s highly recognized brand and service package coupled with Questar’s Linux sales expertise,” said Michael Robertson, chief executive officer of Lindows.
“Computer users now have a quality Linux solution — a range of affordable computers with full hardware support and a selection of add-on software for all their application needs.”
The Dell Optiplex comes with 256 MB of RAM, a 40-GB hard drive and can be ordered with or without a 15-inch flat-panel LCD monitor.