Dell leaves the UK behind on Linux

Dell's plans to sell PCs with the Ubuntu 7.04 Linux distribution are not expected to extend to the UK.

Dell's plans to sell PCs with the Ubuntu 7.04 Linux distribution are not expected to extend to the UK.

The open source operating system will be available as a factory installed option for US buyers. Dell said it was "formulating further Linux plans" but has yet to confirm any similar offering in the UK.

Dell made a commitment to Linux in April but did not specify which markets would benefit from releases and when.

In the UK, the firm only offers Linux factory installed on Precision workstations, which are typically used by engineers. Its n-Series Latitude, Optiplex and Dimension systems allow customers to install the operating system of their choice.

About 30,000 Linux community members from across the globe had petitioned Dell to offer systems with Linux pre-installed, and more than 100,000 participated in a follow-up survey to determine customer preferences, including which Linux distribution to offer.

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