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Ubuntu will officially be the first Linux distribution offered by Dell

Once Dell confirmed that it would offer the Linux operating system on select PCs in the future, Linux enthusiasts anxiously awaited the announcement of which Linux distributions would be offered.  Dell today announced that it would preinstall the Ubuntu operating system on some PC and notebook models.  

Canoncial, the lead sponsor behind the Ubuntu project, has started working on the operating system to ensure that it will properly work on Dell PCs and notebooks.  "Dell are going to work with us to make sure Ubuntu works fully on its hardware," said Chris Keynon, director of business development for Ubuntu.

Along with appealing to popular demand, the computer company will likely save money by stripping out the cost of purchasing the operating system license from Microsoft.  It appears that OS support would be provided by the open source and Linux communities, while Dell would exclusively provide hardware support.

Michael Dell previously disclosed that he has Ubuntu installed on his personal laptop.

Dell has not announced models, configurations or prices of PCs and notebooks that will feature Ubuntu.  Dell also did not eliminate the possibility of other Linux distributions being installed on future product lines.

Linux fans hope that Dell embracing Linux will begin a shift in which more PC vendors will switch to open source technology.

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By leexgx on 5/1/2007 8:28:02 PM , Rating: 2
for new users Kubuntu is more frendly the Main button is where it should be (allso Plug in Pray works better under Kubuntu then Ubuntu)

wunder if thay put extra stuff on it and maybe even test if it can Play stuff from youtube or even Simple winamp/WMV streams

still be intresting how many users will buy these pcs

RE: Kubuntu
By Lonyo on 5/1/2007 9:35:24 PM , Rating: 2
You would assume they will equip it with the basics, i.e. a web browser and media player...

RE: Kubuntu
By Axbattler on 5/1/2007 10:08:12 PM , Rating: 2
The market can prove me wrong, but I am a little skeptical that Dell will have many individual customers willing to forgo a MS OS even with savings involved.

That said, this may have appeals to some teaching institutions. I know my University buy a large number of classroom PCs from Dell. But our Computing department have some Sun stations running Linux, and some Dells with Win2k (last time I used a few years ago) and Linux. I can see them forgo MS OS to save funds if it was an option.

RE: Kubuntu
By Snuffalufagus on 5/1/2007 10:43:06 PM , Rating: 2
I was wondering about a point that you mention, being that everyone seems to assume that these PCs will be cheaper because they have a Open Source OS installed on them. I'm not positive that is the case, I believe that with the Microsoft OSes installed there are discounts given over the normal cost of the hardware that might not be realized with an Open Source OS. Someone here might know better than I, I'm just mentioning it because I believe I've heard such said before.

RE: Kubuntu
By danskmacabre on 5/2/2007 3:20:29 AM , Rating: 2
I Have Ubuntu on one of my PCs, I tried Kubuntu as well, but TBH didn't like it as much as Ubuntu.
Although there isn't a great difference (personal preference I guess).

RE: Kubuntu
By cochy on 5/2/2007 4:25:29 AM , Rating: 1
I believe Kubuntu is targeted at systems with low resources. Integrated systems etc. It can run on minimal RAM.

RE: Kubuntu
By danskmacabre on 5/2/2007 5:14:31 AM , Rating: 2
Ah ok, that's interesting, well it's a nice option then.

RE: Kubuntu
By livinloud on 5/2/2007 6:53:29 AM , Rating: 2
Kubuntu is a version of ubuntu that is using KDE, Ubuntu is using Gnome. Xubuntu is the light version using XFCE for computer with low ram(128 mo). Go tu and read before saying such things.

RE: Kubuntu
By cochy on 5/2/2007 10:06:05 AM , Rating: 2
Ah right Xubuntu. Too many Buntus got me confused.

RE: Kubuntu
By SmokeRngs on 5/2/2007 1:19:08 PM , Rating: 2
allso Plug in Pray works better under Kubuntu then Ubuntu

It works the same under both. The basic underpinnings of all the flavors of Ubuntu are the same. The only difference I know of is the default install of the GUI. Ubuntu defaults to Gnome, Kubuntu defaults to KDE and Xubuntu defaults to XFCE if my memory serves me correctly.

RE: Kubuntu
By Souka on 5/2/2007 3:24:02 PM , Rating: 2
I'll be interesting how much they charge for Ubuntu! :)

I can see it now...
$0 ---- Ubuntu install CDs
$10 --- Ubuntu install HD-DVD or Blue-Ray disc
$75 --- Ubuntu installed on PC
$80 --- Ubuntu installed and HD-DVD/Blueray disc (Save $5!!!)
$115 -- Ubuntu w/Game pack - Over $500 in games for $35)
$175 -- Ubuntu Expert Edition - includes DVD disc + Expect Pack

etc etc....

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