Microsoft is doing its best to bury desktop Linux with lies, but at least one major vendor, Dell, isn’t just continuing to deliver laptops and netbooks with Ubuntu Linux, it’s actually upgrading the version of Ubuntu it’s shipping and, later this week, it will start selling Ubuntu 9.04-powered Inspiron 537s desktops.
As Dell’s Todd Finch, senior product marketing manager for Linux clients, promised at OpenSourceWorld several weeks ago, Dell is now shipping its existing netbook lines with the latest version of Ubuntu, 9.04. This means that if you order a Dell Mini 9, a personal favorite of mine that now sells for $199, the Dell Mini 10v, or Inspiron 15n today you’ll get it with 9.04. In addition, Dell throws in DVD-playback and the media software you need to play MP3, WMA (Windows Media Audio), and WMV (Windows Media Video) files.
Later this week, according to sources at Dell, Dell will start offering an Ubuntu Linux-powered desktop, the Inspiron 537s. Farther down the road, Dell is considering offering Linux-based mobile devices, smartbooks, which will be about the size of present day netbooks but use ARM-processors. There is no delivery date for these computers.
You will, however, be able to order the Inspiron 537s models by the weekend. While hard details aren’t available yet. The 537s family is made up of strong, basic PCs in a variety of colors.