Back in February, Dell started the IdeaStorm website with an intention of taking customer suggestions and ideas. The most popular idea which stayed on top of the website was that Dell ship PCs preinstalled with open source Linux operating system.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not official yet, but according to DesktopLinux several sources within the company have confirmed that Dell will preinstall Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn (the same OS used by Michael Dell at home). Dell will ship Ubuntu on e-series Ã¢â‚¬Å“EssentialÃ¢â‚¬Â Dimension desktop, an XPS desktop and an e-series Inspiron laptop. These systems are expected to be released in late May 2007
Why Ubuntu? you may ask. On 13th March over 10000 people to the Linux Survey by Dell. Results indicated that over 70% of survey respondents said they would use a Dell system with a Linux operating system and majority of them preferred Ubuntu. Dell and Canonical are said to be in talks. If this deal gets through, Dell will be the first PC maker to ship machines preinstalled with Linux.