One Year In, Dell's Linux Desktops Still Standing

One year after Dell became the first tier-one OEM to offer modern Linux preloaded on desktops, Dell hasn't blown up, its customers haven't revolted and the Earth still spins on its axis.

Dell has, though, had to navigate some growing pains, work through some driver and other technical issues and it's still unclear if the Linux PC lineup is making Dell any money.

Of the top PC vendors, Dell and rival Lenovo now offer PCs not just with Linux preinstalled but with appropriate drivers and tweaks. This is a welcome development for solution providers that routinely play hunt-for-hardware-driver roulette for their Linux customers. Something as simple as an audio driver could, in the past, consume endless hours of searching.