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