Dell outlines UK Linux plans

Dell has outlined its plans to sell Linux computers in the UK. The company will offer the Inspiron 6400n and the Inspiron 530n with Ubuntu 7.04 installed at the factory. The computers will be priced at £399 and £329 respectively, meaning that British buyers will be charged over £100 more than European consumers.

A spokesperson from Dell could not be reached to comment on the pricing at the time of going to press. The company started selling computers with Linux preinstalled in the United States this year after 30,000 members of its IdeaStorm forum requested the change. Over 100,000 people took part in follow-up testing and the company claims demand is strong.

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If anything Linux laptops should cost MORE than Windows ones, just to compensate for the hassle people who insist on using Linux put the manufacturers through.

People who insist on using Linux are known as "customers", and Dell wants their money as badly as anyone else's.
You know, they aren't doing this as a favour for anyone.

Why do the Vostro systems say Windows is optional, but when i price one up, its either XP or Vista?

And (at time of writing) does the link from "choose ubuntu" not work.

Dell are making it hard to not have Windows.

I was hoping to buy a PC with Ubuntu as i have licences for XP i can use.

United Kingdom

TARIFF RESOURCES: April 2006 Tariff Schedule from the International Customs Tariff Bureau or European Union Customs Web Site

TAX: There is a value added tax of 17.5 percent for most products. Some products, such as basic necessities and foodstuffs, qualify for a reduced rate of 0-5 percent. The tax is applied on CIF + duty.

ShiZZa said,
United Kingdom

TARIFF RESOURCES: April 2006 Tariff Schedule from the International Customs Tariff Bureau or European Union Customs Web Site

TAX: There is a value added tax of 17.5 percent for most products. Some products, such as basic necessities and foodstuffs, qualify for a reduced rate of 0-5 percent. The tax is applied on CIF + duty.

which is ironincly cheaper then most of europe

I also belive this is just the TAX that UK puts on it. I belive the US has a TAX they put on it also. I couldn't find that.