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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: .
By Yawgm0th on 2/24/2009 8:04:21 PM , Rating: 2
That's not how conjecture is pronounced in pretty much any dialect of English.

Conjecture or not, it's a valid point.

I will counter it, however, by adding that for a while (still now?) the XP Minis had better hardware options. I would have purchased one of the Windows machines with better hardware and then put Slackware or Ubuntu on it myself.

RE: .
By phxfreddy on 2/25/2009 8:19:46 AM , Rating: 2
Ken Ject Shure. Must be more of the Scottish hillbilly talk of Sean Connery.

RE: .
By Dreifort on 2/25/2009 10:46:33 AM , Rating: 3
Trabek: "No....the word we were looking for was Conjecture [kuhn-jek-cher]. And sadly, the board is still yours Mr. Connery"

Connery: "Ah-ha! You try and riddle me with big words Alex! You'll rue the day you messed with me! I shall take 'Take It In The Rear' for $4000 Trabek!"

Trabek: "That's 'Bail Out', not 'Take It In The Rear'..."

Connery: "I can read Trabek! And it says 'Take It In The Rear' just like...."

Trabek: "Ok, there is no need to talk about my mother again. Let's just move on to final Jeopardy. The clue is 'What gets smashed in an Atom smasher.' Just write the word Atom and you will win..."

{music plays}

Trabek: "In last place with -$42,000 is Michael Asher. He wrote, 'What is a black hole?'...I'm afraid the only black hole is your mind. Next we have Jason Mick with -$20,100. You wrote 'Adom'...oouuuu, sorry Jason, that is incorrectly spelled. The correct answer was 'Atom'. Now to our leader with -$13,000...Mr. Connery. You wrote, 'the Joker and Penguin'. No. That is absolutely the wrong answer."

RE: .
By Redfoot on 2/25/2009 5:11:35 PM , Rating: 2
Well played sir, well played!

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