Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th May 2009 20:59 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu When Dell announced a shift in its Linux strategy last week, accompanied by a new netbook, many wondered why Dell insisted on pre-loading Ubuntu 8.04, instead of newer versions of the popular Linux distribution such as 8.10 or 9.04. BetaNews contacted Dell about it, and Dell replied explaining their rationale behind opting for 8.04.
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Why not Dell doesn't sell notebooks without OS and, if the user prefer, sell with windows or ubuntu as an additional service?

I want freedom to choice and no OS is the better option for me and many users who have technical capability to install a linux, a windows or other systems.

Some Dell machines can be ordered with "FreeDOS", which is pretty much no OS at all. ;-) It costs the same as ordering with Ubuntu, though, since both are free-as-in-beer operating systems (if we stretch the definition for FreeDOS). I don't see a FreeDOS option for the netbooks, though.

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