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Dell says that a large portion of its Mini 9 Netbooks are sold with Ubuntu

Netbooks are very popular today with much of the computer industry's growth coming from the segment. Netbooks typically come with Linux or Windows XP as operating system choices. Return rates for netbooks running Linux are reportedly significantly higher than return rates on XP netbooks, but Dell says that isn’t the case with its offerings.

Laptop Magazine reports that Dell's return rates on its Ubuntu-based Mini 9 netbook are comparable to the return rates on its XP based Mini 9, which are in turn described as "very low".

Jay Pinkert from Dell told Laptop, "A third of our Mini 9 mix is Linux, which is well above the standard attach rate for other systems that offer Linux. We have done a very good job explaining to folks what Linux is."

Dell also attributes its low price on the Linux-based Mini 9 as a reason for the large amount of sales. Dell's John New said, "Our focus has been making sure that before the order is taken is that the customer knows what he is getting."

Laptop figures that another reason for the popularity of the Ubuntu Mini 9 is the slick GUI that Dell has developed for the operating system, which makes using the Windows XP alternative easier for consumers to use. Many also wonder if some users might simply be taking advantage of the lower prices Ubuntu system and then installing their own existing copies of XP onto the machine.



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RE: No wonder
By mmntech on 2/24/2009 6:07:10 PM , Rating: 3
Well, it's not entirely free. Canonical does get paid for customizing the OS for companies. It's still a heck of a lot cheaper than what Microsoft wants. Linux is at the point now where it can be a pretty efficient OS for basic use.


RE: No wonder
By kontorotsui on 2/25/2009 7:41:03 AM , Rating: 2
Right, I stand corrected: if you can save 25% or more of the price of the netbook by using much cheaper alternatives, more than adeguate for the task, no wonder many people pick that choice.

I'm surprised only 30% realize that. It is not fanboy stuff, it is simple economics.


RE: No wonder
By on 2/25/2009 9:06:35 AM , Rating: 2
I am no fan of Microsoft, but from all indications OEM licenses for netbooks are under $10. Obviously, without the threat of linux this wouldn't be the case.


RE: No wonder
By sc3252 on 2/25/2009 12:07:58 PM , Rating: 2
If thats the case then why do they sell the ubuntu version for $40 less? I guess goodwill by dell?


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