Dell deflated Linux vs. Windows netbook issues

Dell at OpenSource World, deflated Microsoft's enthusiasm for making a case out of the number of Linux netbooks returned by unhappy customers. Todd Finch said the number of Linux returns’re approximately the same as those for Windows netbooks. He categorized the matter of returns as a "non-issue". "They’re making something of nothing," he said of Microsoft's claims. Finch […]

Dell at OpenSource World, deflated Microsoft's enthusiasm for making a case out of the number of Linux netbooks returned by unhappy customers. Todd Finch said the number of Linux returns’re approximately the same as those for Windows netbooks. He categorized the matter of returns as a "non-issue". "They’re making something of nothing," he said of Microsoft's claims. Finch appeared to be referring to Dell's own netbook sales. Dell sells three machines running the Ubuntu Linux distro: the Atom-based Mini 10v, which can be classed as a netbook, plus the Inspiron 15n and XPS M1330n that run Core 2 Duo chips. The comments came after Microsoft’s Kevin Turner told at financial analysts' meeting that retailers selling Linux-powered netbooks had told him they’re experiencing return rates "like four or five times higher than what we're seeing on other PCs that have Windows," reported.