Dell to preload Ubuntu, industry sources say

Officially, Dell Inc. hasn't said a word yet about which Linux it will be preloading on its desktops and laptops. Several sources within Dell, however, have told that Dell's desktop Linux pick is going to be Ubuntu.

While unable to confirm this through official Dell channels, the site says they have heard the same story now from several internal Dell sources. They write that the Austin, Texas, computer giant will be preinstalling the newly released Ubuntu 7.04. These systems will be released in late May 2007. According to sources, Ubuntu will be released on a Dell e-series "Essential" Dimension desktop, an XPS desktop, and an e-series Inspiron laptop.

That Dell chose Ubuntu wasn't much of a surprise, since Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell had already announced that he is running that distribution on his home laptop. Michael Dell is currently using Ubuntu 7.04 on an extremely well-equipped Dell Precision M90.

Sources also indicated that Dell has decided to go with Ubuntu because a large number of people who answered its Linux desktop survey indicated that they wanted Ubuntu. While Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, recently said he can't comment on whether or not his company has been talking with Dell, sources close to the company indicate that Dell and Canonical have been having talks for several months now about Ubuntu running on Dell's computers.

News source: DesktopLinux

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If they can get all hardware on Dell computers to be compatible with Ubuntu, all the better.

My Dell laptop runs Ubuntu 7.04 very nicely. It could use some 3D desktop support; the OS locks up if I turn it on.

RAID 0 said,
I'm new to Linux. Love Ubuntu! It's gonna take me a while to figure out all the command line stuff, but over all.. I'm impressed I have it on a dual boot, (with XP, for games) dual core box, and it runs great. Any OS that you can use BEFORE you install is good, IMHO (live CD).

you would be surprised at how many games run in linux natively... If not, check out wine or Cedega and you can run them that way. Works just as good. I'm even running a few windows apps in Feisty Fawn now.

I was campaigning for Open SUSE, oh well. I guess this means cheaper boxes we can format and load our pirated retail copies of Windows on.

I tried Ubuntu once, i didnt work for me...i was thinking to learn Linux, but too tired to move over again!...better i can spend my time to learn the newly upcoming technologies which helps me to earn!..i stay with my vista..but i am not a linux hater!..i dont know how to use it..tats it!

the latest release has some serious issues with ATI mobility X1400... lots of pain to make it work...

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