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April 19, 2007 at 1:09 PM

Michael Dell’s Vista capable PCs

Slashdot today pointed to a Dell Web site showing that one of Microsoft’s biggest customers is running open-source software on a laptop at home.

That’s firing up enthusiasts who want Dell to sell systems preloaded with software such as Ubuntu, the version of Linux he’s using at home.

Given the flap over what’s a Vista capable PC, it’s also interesting to see how Dell has configured his four other personal systems — which are all running Vista Ultimate.

They all have Intel dual-core chips and tons of RAM. One is a “mobile gaming” laptop with Vista Ultimate and 4 gigabytes of RAM and a GeForce 7900 graphics card. Another is a high-end 710 desktop with 4 gigs of RAM and dual GeForce 8800 graphics cards. (The Ubuntu laptop is also dual-core with 4 gigs, by the way).

At work Dell uses a Xeon-based workstation.

The most surprising system is the work laptop he travels with — it’s also a Core Duo system running Vista Ultimate, but it only has 1.5 gigs of RAM and integrated Intel graphics.

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