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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What I'd suggest you could do, check out what the configuration is of the machine that runs Ubuntu in the (US Dell store for instance), then you select that machine on your own country's Dell website.
Call the Dell people in your country on the phone and tell them that you want to buy that machine that's in your "shopping basket" right now, but let them give you a nice discount because you don't intend to use Windows and you will reject its license.
If you're happy with their offer, order it and just install any GNU/Linux OS on the machine yourself.

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