Dell pcs to ship with Ubuntu v7.04 pre-loaded

According to a Peter Galli article on eWeek.com:

Dell and Canonical will announce a partnership on May 1 that will see the hardware giant ship Ubuntu Linux preinstalled on some of its desktop and laptop computers.

The article points to its sister site, DesktopLinux.com which suggests that the first machines loaded with Ubuntu’s “Feisty Fawn” will be the “Dell e-series ‘Essential’ Dimension desktop, an XPS desktop and an e-series Inspiring laptop, and that the systems will be available in late May 2007.”

As an Ubuntu user, who has quickly become a fan, I am excited by this news.  But my mind quickly fills with a number of questions.

  • Is Dell hoping to increase PC sales by taping into those who have been building their own PCs and installing open source
    OSs?
  • Is this move solely focused on the consumer market?  Or is a part of their strategy to grab some additional small / mid-size business user business who may have switched to open source?
  • What impact, if any, will this have on the long-term marketplace? 
    • How nervous should Microsoft be about this move?
    • Assuming it is a successful move, how many years will it take to truly have an impact?
  • Even if the numbers of buyers aren’t huge, how much of an impact will this move have on Dell’s bottom line since it is a freely available OS?

If you have an opinion, I would love to hear it.

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One response to “Dell pcs to ship with Ubuntu v7.04 pre-loaded

  1. I believe this is a direct response to the flood of requests they received from a recent poll on Dell’s blog.

    They also recently asked about Linux preferences in another poll.

    This is good for Dell. Customers were frustrated about only having Windoze as an OS option and Dell answered… but not until they asked more details about what the customers really wanted. This is a perfect example of giving the customer exactly what they asked for.

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