Dell Releases Linux Desktops, Notebook

Dell has launched two desktops and a notebook running Ubuntu Linux 7.04: the XPS 410n and Dimension E520n desktops and the Inspiron E1505n notebook. Starting at $599, the Inspiron notebook is powered by an Intel Pentium Dual Core T2080 microprocessor and includes a 15.4-inch display, 512MB of memory, an 80GB hard drive, built-in Wi-Fi support, and a CD/DVD drive that can burn CDs but not DVDs. Both the Dimension (starting at $599) and XPS desktops (starting at $849) include Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 processors, 1GB of memory, a 250GB hard drive, and a 256MB Nvidia Geforce 7300LE graphics card. The XPS, however, includes a 19-inch display, versus a 17-inch for the Dimension, and a read/write DVD drive. The Dimension has the same drive as the Inspiron.

The long-awaited release is a landmark for Linux in the consumer market. Until now, no computer maker with the market strength of Dell has made a similar commitment to supporting the free software. To help customers get more help with running Linux, Dell has created a Linux forum that offers buyers an online channel for discussing experiences and sharing information. The systems come with hardware support through Dell's normal support channels. Software support will come from a variety of dedicated Web sites and Linux forums. Buyers can also choose service upgrades from Canonical, the sponsor of Ubuntu.

Link: Buy Now | Dell's Linux Community Forum
News source: InformationWeek

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What kind of bull**** is that? I've been waiting this for soo long, and now I have to pay for it just like I'm buying an inferior vista! **************

Since they are charging nearly the same price as a Windows Vista computer, this make sense to why Microsoft is letting them sell Linux computers, because no one will buy these computers since the OS's saving isn't passed on to the consumer.

Ubuntu Edition version 7.04 [Included in Price]

:D You want to say, that I must pay for Ubuntu?

Ubuntu Edition version 7.04 [Included in Price]
Ubuntu Edition version 7.04 with 30 days Starter Support [add $65 or $2/month1]
Ubuntu Edition version 7.04 with 1 year Basic Support [add $125 or $4/month1]
Ubuntu Edition version 7.04 with 1 year Standard Support [add $275 or $8/month1]

so cost the same that vista based machines, so what its the point on getting it?

I rather get a vista based machine and then install suse or any better distro myself

Well, not really interesting with that price... I prefer to pay for something that cost money like Windows and not pay for something that is free like Linux.

So let me get this straight: they charge nearly the same amount as they do for a Vista-based Dimension and they don't give more advanced options like firewire or better video cards than the Nvidia 7300 LE. I didn't really expect it to be a few hundred dollars cheaper but it seems like the price has been reduced by nearly nothing. Not to mention you don't get the same discount like a free monitor upgrade or free memory. This is unfortunate but pretty much on par with what Dell has done in the past.