For a while now, Dell has offered products with Linux options. For instance, several of the Dell Power Edge Servers (I.E. the Power Edge T710) come with options for Citrix, Novel SUSE, Red Hat and Sun Solaris. The Precision T7500 N-Series Dual Processor system can be configured for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, 64 Bit Operating System.
Now it seems as though Dell is actually supporting, to some degree, the use of Linux on other various Dell computer equipment. The Dell Linux Engineering website is intended to provide useful information for using Linux on Dell equipment. Dell boasts their partnership with Red Hat, Novell / SuSE, and Ubuntu (Ubuntu, but not Debian – Interesting), but recognizes many of their customers may choose to run various other linux distributions.
Obviously, Dell cannot provide telephone support for all of the different linux flavors, configurations and patches used across the realm of linux, as most have not gone through Dell standards testing. However, Dell does seem to want to foster other methods to provide help and resources. Their Linux Engineering website, along with mailing lists, provide a way for Dell to help people use their Dell equipment, however they choose.
It looks as if getting Dell on Board with Linux Development, wont be so difficult after all.