vorlich writes "Network World reports that Dell receieved thousands of requests for Linux on Laptops. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/022207-dell
In a Dell customers blog the top request was for Linux pre-installed on laptops and this may be part of the answer to a less than shining recent sales period. Dell says it is interested in the idea but that doesn't necessarily mean they will do it. It changed the blog site after it discovered that users were clicking multiple entries.