Open Letter to Dell

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Dell put a new concept that as shoking as it might seem, the revolutionary concept was to ask their costumerss what computer they would want. So the suggestion box is open and many people spoke. Pre-installing open source such as Linux and OpenOffice.org on their box.

Well, the OOo community has taken their word worth and started moving with an open letter to ask Dell that OpenOffice.org is ready for them. Having OpenOffice.org pre-installed on all their machines with Linux or Windows. OpenOffice.org runs on Vista, XP, Linux, OSX, and other operating systems such as Solaris. In the end Dell might have more tought on justifiying why this free, open source office suite solution is not available on their desktops and laptops that their costumers are asking for and also providing a value added proposition in the market.

Michael S.Dell, Chairman and CEO
Dell Computer Corporation
One Dell Way
Round Rock, Texas 78682

Dear Michael

Dell Computer Corporation has become one of Fortune’s “America’s Most
Admired Companies” by providing great value, high quality computers and
peripherals, but most of all, by listening to your customers. Your
recent “IdeaStorm” initiative is the latest example of this. Here at
OpenOffice.org, we were delighted to see that the second most requested
feature by Dell customers was to have our office software pre-installed
on Dell systems. This request attracted more than 25,000 votes in two
days.

We believe that OpenOffice.org 2 software perfectly matches Dell’s
values. OpenOffice.org 2 is high quality office software, the result of
over twenty years’ continuous software engineering. It runs under all
common operating systems. It offers everything users expect from office
software, plus some bonus features that may pleasantly surprise them.
It’s easy for customers to use, with a familiar look and feel, and can
read and write a wide range of file formats, including Microsoft’s. On
top of all this, being licenced under open-source terms, it represents
outstanding value for money for you and your customers.

Let’s have a conversation about how we could build an “OpenOffice.org
supplied by Dell” product to give your customers what they are asking
for. We’d also be happy to accept any financial contribution that Dell
might offer to help ensure that OpenOffice.org continues to evolve in
the future.

Sincerely

John McCreesh
Marketing Project Lead
OpenOffice.org

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