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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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Hold on a tick.
By rtk on 2/24/2009 7:01:22 PM , Rating: -1
the quotes and article don't make sense...

One third are Linux, which means two thirds are Windows.

Dell also attributes its low price on the Linux-based Mini 9 as a reason for the large amount of sales.

yet, 66% of the sales are Windows, so the low price of Linux didn't factor in for the MAJORITY of their sales.

The bias is showing, badly.

RE: Hold on a tick.
By Josh Henly on 2/24/2009 7:45:20 PM , Rating: 4
Dell isn't attributing the overall large number of Mini 9 sales to the price of the Ubuntu versions. Rather, the relatively high proportion of models sold with Ubuntu (about 1/3) is probably due to the cheaper price on said models.

I don't see any bias here, except possibly that which the reader brought to the article. :)

RE: Hold on a tick.
By Chadder007 on 2/24/2009 11:06:31 PM , Rating: 2
I wish the price was still cheaper if you configured the Linux based ones the same as the XP ones.
If you add the larger storage space, and RAM to the linux units...they cost more than the XP one.

RE: Hold on a tick.
By GaryJohnson on 2/25/2009 1:45:48 AM , Rating: 2
There's actually two setup pages for the Ubuntu version. One has the 4GB base SSD option and the other has the 8GB base SSD option and a $25 instant discount. The 8GB has the same hardware as the Windows version and is priced identically (the windows version also has the $25 discount). Whereas if you change the 4GB to an 8GB it ends up $25 more than either of the other identical Ubuntu or Windows versions because it doesn't have the discount.

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