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April 19, 2007 at 2:28 PM

Dell’s bringing XP back

Microsoft can’t be thrilled with the last two posts on Dell’s customer feedback site.

Today, the computer maker said it’s restoring Windows XP as an operating system option on four consumer-focused laptops and two desktops in response to feedback from users of its IdeaStorm site.

“We heard you loud and clear on bringing the Windows XP option back to our Dell consumer PC offerings,” the company says on its Ideas in Action page. A bit more detail is in this company blog post.

The site received 10,684 comments on the proposal since it was first forwarded in mid-February.

See coverage by CNET for additional background.

In the previous item on IdeaStorm, from back in March, Dell announced plans to expand support for Windows alternative Linux. After conducting a survey in which 100,000 people took part, Dell decided to “expand our Linux support beyond our existing servers and Precision workstation line. Our first step in this effort is offering Linux pre-installed on select desktop and notebook systems.”

The company promised specifics within a few weeks of that March 28 post, which should mean any day now. Meanwhile, over on Brier Dudley’s blog, we’ve got news of one of Michael Dell’s home PCs — running open-source software.

For context, IdeaStorm commenters are also clamoring for pre-installed OpenOffice; Firefox as the default browser; a no-extra-software option (i.e., no “virtual flea market” as our Kim Peterson put it when describing the condition of many new PCs out of the box); and more RAM. All of these ranked well above the request to bring back Windows XP.

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