As we’ve already blogged in the past, Dell recently announced they would soon start shipping some of their systems with Ubuntu, one of the most user-friendly Linux distributions out there. This decision was mainly made to answer a request made by thousands of people on Dell’s official forums, IdeaStorm.com. Now, the same users are asking yet another thing from the Texan manufacturer: they want Dell to start pre-installing Firefox in all newly manufactured systems. A petition was created to fulfill this goal, and everyone is encouraged to go sign it. Since its introduction on February 19, just a day after Ideastorm.com, Dell’s new official forum, went live, the petition has collected more then 70,000 names.
If Dell ever starts pre-installing Firefox on their new boxes, it will definitely help the open-source browser gain a larger part of the browser market. According to a recent survey conducted by the Net Applications Institute, Firefox presently has 15.4% of the browser market, while Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which has been steadily losing ground for the past three years, is now at 78%.