Can Dell provide Microsoft patent assurances?
The final question in this piece is whether or not Dell is providing users with Microsoft's 'patent protection'. Regardless of its perceived need to you and I, the fact remains that most companies fear using Linux without it. I have looked all over Dell's Website and in no uncertain terms, they have done wonders at burying this information. I entered their Live Chat appliance to get this question regarding Microsoft patents answered, only to find myself waiting for over 15 minutes.
Frustrated, I did a little more research and have still not come up with a clear answer to this. Then it hit me Dell does not want to address this publicly. Think about it for a minute, if Dell admits to paying Microsoft for 'patent protection', Ubuntu users will be turned off by the hundreds. For further clarification, I suggest reading this closely.
I think for pre-installed solutions on the workstation front, Dell may be 'it'. Knowing full well that they would not want to jeopardize their existing relationship with Microsoft, I would bet hard money that they are indeed paying for Microsoft's patent protection. Still, it would be a wise move to contact them and verify this, just to make sure. Not because Microsoft's patent claims will ever come to a head with those who they claim are in violation, rather because the execs that run your company might very well come unglued at the prospect of setting them up for a potential lawsuit.