In January 2012, Dell's Alienware gaming PC division announced the X51, a PC that was designed to have a more compact look, much like a game console is supposed to have. While the Alienware X51 PC has been sold with the option of having either Windows 7 or Windows 8 installed, today Dell announced that the X51 can now be sold with yet another OS.
In a post on the Dell blog, the company revealed that Ubuntu is now available as an install option for the Alienware X51. It's the first time that Dell has offered a Linux-based OS as an option for one of its Alienware PCs. The blog states that the Ubuntu Alienware X51 will come with supported NVIDIA graphics drivers.
The blog also points out that Linux gamers can download and install Valve's Steam PC game download client on the Ubuntu Alienware X51. Valve officially launched Linux support for Steam in February after beta testing the client for a number of months. Currently just under 100 Linux-based games are available to purchase on Steam. Dell's blog states that the Ubuntu Alienware X51 also supports Steam's Big Picture mode for playing games on a big screen television.
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