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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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This changes nothing really
By darkpaw on 5/2/2007 9:14:43 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know why so many Linux fans seem to think this is going to be the downfall of MS (read some Linux boards and it sure sounds that way). Dell is only playing to another niche market just like high end gamers. Just because they offer Linux, doesn't mean everyone in the world is going to go out and get it. The ones that will actually buy Linux PCs are the same people that would have just installed it themselves as soon as the got the computer home. As others have mentioned there will also be almost no cost savings if there is any at all. Dell pays next to nothing for those Windows Licensese and makes that up on the shovelware they install.

Regional computer OEMs have been offering Linux as options for a long time on the super budget PC's, but that made no difference. I know quite a few people that bought these PCs from places like Fry's electronics just to bring them home and install their old or a pirated windows version on them.

As a security professional I use a Linux box almost everyday, but I still think there is almost no demand for it in the home. People want to be able to run whatever software they get on their PC and you can't do that on Linux or Mac.




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