Ubuntu - Direct from Dell

Summary:Ubuntu-powered Dell rigs are finally here and by 4pm CST today you'll be able to place an order. Will you be placing an order?

Ubuntu-powered Dell rigs are finally here and by 4pm CST today you'll be able to place an order.

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The three systems on offer are:

  • XPS 410n desktops
  • Dimension E520n desktops
  • Inspiron E1505n notebooks

Prices start at $599 for the E520n desktop and the E1505n notebook (an E520 with Windows Vista Home Basic on it starts at $369 [Updated: May 24, 2007 @ 7.40 am] Ooops, that price excludes the monitor, so the Ubuntu PC is $50 cheaper) while the XPS 410n kicks off at $849 ($50 less than a Home Premium XPS 410).

The systems are no surprise as these details were leaked earlier this week.  What I'm waiting for is a look at what peripherals are on offer from Dell.

I must admit  that I'm not that thrilled by the support package on offer.  Hardware support will be from Dell but when it comes to software support users will have to serve themselves at the Dell Community Forum or pay Canonical for a support package.  Great for existing Linux users but sucks for newbies.  Seems to me that Dell is more interested in catering for existing Linux users that encouraging adoption of Linux to newbies.

So, who's going to be ordering one?

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Topics: Dell, Linux, Open Source

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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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