Dell backs down on Linux praise

Dell has backed down on its praise of Linux as being “more secure than Windows”.

A few days ago, Dell published a note on its site which suggested that Ubuntu was more secure than Windows. Questions were raised about whether or not the long running relationship between Microsoft and Dell was suffering.

Now, the statement: “The vast majority of viruses and spyware written by hackers are not designed to target and attack Linux” has been watered down to read, “According to industry reports, Ubuntu is unaffected by the vast majority of viruses and spyware.”

Dell has been a little quiet about why it changed the webpage. Smart money is that a nice man from Redmond explained the concept of security to Dell. Namely that it is nice to have job security in this particularly harsh world.

What is interesting however is that Dell did not kill off the fatal phrase.

It seems that Dell remains committed to Ubuntu Linux on its laptops and netbooks and will not allow itself to be bullied too much.

Perhaps Dell sees life in Android, Chrome and Linux after all.