Dell has started a new web site that is pretty cool, definitely Web 2.0: Dell IdeaStorm. Anyone can post a product idea that they would like Dell to implement. Then, users can vote continuously for their favorite ideas, which are displayed in order of popularity. Guess what the most popular idea is? PCs with pre-installed Linux (75,000 votes). And the second most popular? Pre-installed OpenOffice (46,000 votes).
This is huge. I can't imagine a better way to promote OpenOffice as a corporate standard. It's already hit the news media. I hope Dell listens to their own users, and I hope Sun follows up on this opening. Simon Phipps has already blogged about it, and I hope the idea reaches the right ears.