Dell today unveiled two consumer PCs in Europe - the Inspiron 6400n and the Inspiron 530n - with the Ubuntu 7.04 Linux operating system factory installed. 30,000 IdeaStorm community members advocated that Dell offer UK systems with Linux pre-installed, and more than 100,000 participated in a follow-up survey to help determine customer preferences, including which Linux system to offer initially.
"Dell is continuing to deliver on our commitment to give customers what they are asking for - the option of choosing Linux as their operating system," said Charlie Tebbs, marketing director, consumer, Dell EMEA. "As we hear from customers throughout Europe and around the world, we will continue to explore the opportunities to expand our offerings globally, so stay tuned."
Ubuntu is a Linux-based open source operating system that is community developed and updated regularly. Ubuntu comes with built-in software for a high level of office productivity, including word processor, spreadsheets and presentation applications, as well as e-mail, calendar, chat, web browsing and photo capabilities.
With no software licensing costs associated with Ubuntu, Dell offers a competitive base price for each fully configured system of £329 including VAT and delivery for the Inspiron 6400n and £399 including VAT and delivery for the Inspiron 530n.