So, it's official. Dell is to offer Ubuntu 7.04 "Feisty Fawn" on a select range of Dell PCs.
All the details are over on the Direct2Dell blog. There's not a lot of substance to the announcement:
- The Linux distro of choice will be Ubuntu 7.04
- It will be offered "on select consumer desktop and notebook products."
Let's face it, Ubuntu was the obvious choice (the folks from Dell could have just taken a peek at the poll I set up here - out of 7,100 votes, Ubuntu came top with 38%). Of all the Linux distros aimed at consumers that I've tried it's the one closes to being ready for mainstream use. Choosing Ubuntu will also mean that those wanting a more "Windows-like" interface will be able to install Kubuntu and everything should work fine.
Let's face it, Ubuntu was the obvious choiceComments on Direct2Dell are very positive, and that's to be expected given that the request for a pre-installed Linux distro was by far the most popular request on Dell's IdeaStorm site.
I've still got a few questions though:
- Which product ranges will offer Ubuntu?
- Will the drivers all be open source?
- What will the support options be?
- How will Dell distinguish between Windows-based and Linux-based systems?
- When do I get my review unit? ;-)
Congratulations to Dell for being brave and making this step (now all they need is for everyone who said they'd buy a system to actually flip open their wallets and buy a system. But also congratulations to everyone involved with Ubuntu/Canonical for developing an open source operating system fit for mainstream adoption.