Has Dell been a bad dog and had a private telling off from Microsoft?

It was widely reported that Dell made the statement that Ubuntu (provided on some of the machines it offers) was safer than Windows on its website.  Whilst Dell has apparently seen the error of its ways to speak out against Microsoft, the VAR Guy website did save a copy of Dell’s original statements, which can be downloaded as a PDF document here.

PC Pro followed up this news and states that Dell responded with:

With regards to the information cited on the Ubuntu page on Dell’s website, it is not Dell’s intention to recommend one OS over another, but instead to offer some educational facts that may be of interest to customers considering a system with Ubuntu pre-installed.

You can read that here: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/security/358714/so-dell-is-ubuntu-safer-than-windows-or-not

Although it does appear that Dell is a little confused, since one commenter points out:

Oh yea? The Dell website is always stating “Dell recommends Windows 7”. Sounds like a recommendation to me.

Maybe Dell just doesn’t understand what a recommendation is?  Maybe Dell is confused about what it recommends?  Or maybe after a word from Microsoft its decided just to make the whole thing go away by deleting what they said.  Who cares? Well Dell does and they are on hand again to give you some more advice.  Want to know if you should choose Windows or Ubuntu?  Fear not! Dell is here to help with these sage words wisdom (taken from PCPro here.  So you should choose Windows (over Ubuntu) if :

  • You are already using WINDOWS programs (e.g. Microsoft Office, iTunes etc) and want to continue using them
  • You are familiar with WINDOWS and do not want to learn new programs for email, word processing etc
  • You are new to using computers
  • Is this a joke?  Apparently not as Dell is alleged to continue with the advice.  You should choose Ubuntu if:

  • You do not plan to use Microsoft WINDOWS
  • You are interested in open source programming
  • I strongly recommend you visit the source of this info.  Pcpro makes an excellent article, and as they say:

    So, just to get this highly complex argument straight: you should use Windows if you’ve already used Windows or have never used Windows.

    I think you can tell by my tone, Im not particularly impressed with Dell and it appears neither is PCpro.

    Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com

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