Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th May 2007 17:15 UTC, submitted by Dale Smoker
Hardware, Embedded Systems When Dell put up its IdeaStorm community-feedback site, the company was surprised by the strong response in favor of shipping personal computers with Linux. The PC company then announced that it would offer Ubuntu Linux on select systems, and as of yesterday, they are taking orders. Ubuntu Linux is now available on the XPS 410n high-end desktop system at USD 849 (compared with USD 899 for the same machine with Windows installed), the E520n desktop at USD 599, and the E1505n notebook at USD 599. For now, the Ubuntu systems will only be available to customers in the United States. Availability is expected 'in the coming weeks' according to an announcement given on May 1, but Dell.com lists a shipping time of three to five days.
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Where are they?
by Maners on Fri 25th May 2007 18:11 UTC
Maners
Member since:
2005-07-26

It's hard to find these products on their website. If I didn't know that I'm looking for Ubuntu and entered it in the search box I wouldn't even know this option exists :-( In contrast, there are plenty of banners advertising Vista and XP on the front page. Why there are no such banners for Ubuntu?

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RE: Where are they?
by Dubbayoo on Fri 25th May 2007 18:16 in reply to "Where are they?"
Dubbayoo Member since:
2006-02-09

I can't find them either, even under Open Source Desktops.

Anyway, I think I'd be more inclined to buy a Windows PC with Dell-certified Linux-compatible hardware than to buy it with Linux already pre-installed. I found when I priced the Optiplex I just bought it was more expensive with no OS/FreeDOS than it was with Windows XP, because of the discounts.

Edited 2007-05-25 18:21

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RE[2]: Where are they?
by Lu-Tze on Fri 25th May 2007 18:28 in reply to "RE: Where are they?"
Lu-Tze Member since:
2006-01-10

It is a little funny. The Open Source Desktops cater to Businesses (especially servers), and they have stuck these Ubuntu machines under "Home and Home Office". Of course, the webpage says "for advanced users and tech enthusiasts"...whatever...
So I guess they are aiming these for advanced users at home and not in the a big company or some such logic.
Anyway, the link is here -
http://www.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/ubuntu?c=us&cs=19&...
In case you need to find it later google for dell and open and it's the first link.
Also, I guess they are not advertising this on their front page because they don't want a bunch of dissatisfied customers who were just looking for a cheap Windows machine. But I DO hate the fact that all the customization screens have "Dell recommends Vista Home Premium" on the top. I guess they get a discount on Windows for writing that so can't bitch too much about that. :-)

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RE: Where are they?
by holywood on Fri 25th May 2007 19:33 in reply to "Where are they?"
holywood Member since:
2006-09-25

Why not a Looking for Ubuntu Linux ? like their Still looking for Windows XP ? .

People who don't know what is Ubuntu wouldn't click on it and those who want it would click ;)

On that page -
http://www.dell.com/content/products/category.aspx/notebooks?c=us&c...

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RE: Where are they?
by JBatDell on Thu 31st May 2007 22:53 in reply to "Where are they?"
JBatDell Member since:
2007-05-31

If you go to www.dell.com/ubuntu, www.dell.com/linux or www.dell.com/open. I just pulled up the www.dell.com homepage and there is an Ubuntu banner at the top of the page that is cycling.

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