It appears that you can now order a Dell Inspiron 6400 notebook or Inspiron 530N desktop and have Ubuntu 7.04 pre-installed as an option.
Well, at least for the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. The United States already had the option since May this year.
According to the Direct2Dell blog:
Similar to what we've done in the United States, we will configure and install open source drivers for hardware, when possible for these new products.
Future plans for offering SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 factory-installed for China has also been announced by Kevin Kettler in his LinuxWorld keynote.
No prices have been announced yet, but general reports indicate that laptops normally work out to about $50 cheaper compared to Dell's "Home" versions.
I guess this news will bring some cheer to Linux advocates. What do you think the general response will be like for Linux on Dell's hardware?
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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.