Dell is to expand its pre-loaded Linux options after strong demand from customers.
The vendor recently launched its IdeaStorm online suggestion box for customers to provide feedback and ideas on how Dell could improve its service.
Dell has seen consistent requests since the programme's launch on 16 February to provide platforms that allow people to install their operating system of choice.
But the company warned that one of the hurdles to wider Linux pre-loading is the large number of available Linux distributions.
"As the open source community knows, there is no single customer preference for a distribution of Linux," Dell said in a statement.
"In the past week, the IdeaStorm community suggested more than half a dozen distributions. We do not want to pick one distribution and alienate users with a preference for another."
"In addition to working with Novell, we are also working with other distributors and evaluating the possibility of additional certifications across our product line," added the Dell statement. "We are continuing to investigate other Linux-related ideas."
This is strategically very important for Microsoft, since Dell has traditionally been its closest partner in the hardware business.
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago