And so it begins...
Dell Inc. plans to start selling personal computers loaded with Microsoft Corp.'s new operating system, Vista, on its Web site and over the phone Friday night, according to people familiar with the matter.
The Web site will begin selling both notebooks and desktops loaded with Vista just before midnight eastern standard time. The earliest customers who order right away could receive their new Vista-loaded computer is Tuesday, the day Vista for consumers officially launches, these people said.
I remember when Windows XP was released to the consumer market in October, 2001; the speed and scope of the switch-over (primarily from Windows 98/Me, since Windows 2000 was never a successful consumer-oriented client OS) on hardware vendor sites were amazing.