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No more Ubuntu on Dell in the United Kingdom

Remember our report in August about Dell offering Ubuntu pre-installed on selected hardware as an option? There were some of you folks who got very excited about it then.

Remember our report in August about Dell offering Ubuntu pre-installed on selected hardware as an option? There were some of you folks who got very excited about it then.

Well, it appears that Dell has stopped offering Ubuntu pre-installed in the United Kingdom.

Excerpt from The Registry:

One bloke who tried to order a Dell Ubuntu system told the Ubuntu forums he couldn't get one. According to his posting here, Dell says the machine is unavailable. Another poster reckons the whole thing was a publicity stunt.

And if you visit the Dell U.K. site, the page either hangs or ends up with a "discontinued" sign.

Additional sleuthing uncovered the following:

A call to Dell's marketing folk in the UK confirms Dell no longer supplies Ubuntu pre-installed. "It has been discontinued in the UK," a closed source said.

So, what really happened? Is this a publicity stunt, or simply a reflection of the lack of demand for pre-installed Linux at large?

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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.

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