Michael Dell, Linux User
The tech-news site Slashdot pointed early yesterday to a page on Dell's site listing the computers that Michael Dell uses at home, at work and on the road. As you'd expect, the Dell founder and chief executive uses high-end Dell machines that have been suped up with every available upgrade.
Perhaps more surprising, the page didn't list any machines running Windows Vista; the other four computers all had various versions of XP instead.
I e-mailed a Dell publicist to confirm that, but she replied that she saw Vista Ultimate, not XP, listed for those machines. I checked back, and the page had indeed been updated sometime during the middle of the day. It now shows every machine but that Linux laptop runs Ultimate, the most expensive Vista edition sold.
The original version of the page also listed Michael Dell's "accessories," the peripherals and other noteworthy electronic gadgets that he uses with his computers. Three of the five items cited there--the Dell W5001C plasma TV, a Dell Axim handheld organizerand a Dell Pocket DJ music player--represented categories of products that Dell no longer makes. But that section vanished in whatever edit which also removed mentions of Windows XP.
In other news, Dell, the human being, may think XP is dead, but Dell, the corporation, is no longer so sure. It's now allowing home users to choose XP instead of Vista on some Dimension desktops and Inspiron laptops.
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