By the end of May 2007, Dell will begin shipping personal computers that are pre-installed with Ubuntu version of Linux operating system. The options for selected models of laptop and desktops will be available for US market.
“Today, we are excited to tell you that Dell will begin offering Canonical’s latest version, Ubuntu 7.04, as an option on select Dell consumer models in the U.S. in the coming weeks”
The decision to offer Ubuntu apparently made upon Dell’s consumers feedback on its IdeaStorm site, where 80 percent of its customers that had wanted Linux preferred Ubuntu.
While no PC makers have had any considerable success in pushing for Linux in their offering, Dell believe this time around is going to be different in their second attempt to breath Linux operating system into their products. The results, however, remain to be seen. Good luck to Dell and Ubuntu.