Dell to offer Ubuntu Linux desktops and laptops
By Jack Loftus, News Writer
01 May 2007 | SearchEnterpriseLinux.com
In a joint statement released today, Dell Inc. and Canonical Ltd. announced that Dell will now offer laptops and desktop computers pre-installed with Ubuntu Linux 7.04.
The computers will be sold via Dell's web site, said Canonical's director of operations Jane Silber. 'We have worked with Dell to get Ubuntu fully supported and fully certified on Dell hardware,' she said. 'Ubuntu has the full endorsement of Dell.'
Silber said specifics of the partnership -- including specific hardware configurations and product pricing -- will be available from Dell at a later date. However, Linux desktop news site DesktopLinux.com reported Tuesday that sources said Ubuntu would be released on a Dell e-series 'Essential' Dimension desktop, an XPS desktop, and an e-series Inspiron laptop in late May.
The move was hardly a surprise for Ubuntu supporters and analysts, who have seen the OS thrive over the past few years as a free desktop alternative to Microsoft Windows and even commercial Linux distributions like Red Hat and Novell SUSE Enterprise Linux."
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