Dell Decides on Ubuntu for it’s Linux Machines

Dell has decided to sell their Linux based PC’s with Ubuntu 7.04 installed. Dell has attempted to sell Linux based PC’s before from 1999 until 2001 when they canceled the program because of insufficient demand.

As part of an overall effort to update our Linux program, today we are announcing a partnership with Canonical to offer Ubuntu on select consumer desktop and notebook products.

This represents another step in the overall enhancement of our Linux program:

Since 1999, Dell PowerEdge servers have been available with Red Hat Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and since 2005 with Novell/SuSE Linux Enterprise Server.
Dell Precision workstations have shipped for years with the option of Red Hat Enterprise Linux
OptiPlex desktops and Latitude notebooks are certified to run Novell SLED 10
Dell updated its policy on driver support of new Linux desktop and notebook products to use open source drivers in where possible
We recently launched a Linux community board as another way to help our customers to get help they need to augment things we’ve been doing like supporting Linux mailing lists. Source: Dell to Offer Ubuntu 7.04

Around the end of May, Dell will begin selling the consumer-focused laptop and desktop models with Ubuntu’s new “Feisty Fawn” version of Linux installed. Dell announced the Linux move on Tuesday on its IdeaStorm site, which was launched in February to gather feedback directly from customers about what they want. And they wanted Linux.

From Between the Lines on ZDNet,

This is the same version of Ubuntu that has Adrian Kingsley-Hughes so excited. And if Adrian’s take is on target (gallery right) others may follow suit.

Now we’ve been hearing about potential for desktop Linux forever and it’s never panned out. The difference this time? It’s becoming easier to use and there’s enough software out there to replicate what you do with Windows. Source: Dell may give Ubuntu a mainstream lift

I can’t wait to check one out, send me one Dell and I would be happy to review it and send it back, after a couple years. ;)