Dell gears up to launch Linux PCs in Europe

The PC maker has also promised Ubuntu for small businesses, but gives no details on timing

Dell is getting ready to launch systems with Ubuntu Linux, but is not yet releasing details of the final specifications. However, the company did say on Friday that as well as a consumer version of Ubuntu, it had plans to launch a small-business version "in the future".

After some confusion over Dell's Linux strategy, the company said it felt the need to clarify things. "I wanted to be clear that Dell does have plans to offer Linux to more consumers in additional locations outside the United States," said Dell's Lionel Menchaca, digital media manager.

In addition, Menchaca said: "We will also offer Ubuntu to small-business customers in the future."

Although Menchaca did offer more details on the Dell strategy, he did not give any further details on timing. Dell is sticking to the line that no announcement on timing will be made until it is ready.

"Dell is still working out details of its global programme and will share details when it has definitive plans," the company said in a statement.

Menchaca did point out in his statement that Dell is building up "an expanded group of Linux engineers" as part of its commitment to Linux.

Dell initially began installing Linux on its computers for US customers in May this year. Ever since, the company has faced relentless pressure to release Linux versions in Europe and elsewhere.

In June it emerged that more than 20,000 people had signed a petition calling on Dell to offer Linux-based PCs outside the US.

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