Dell Preloads Ubuntu Linux in Europe, Offers SUSE Linux Desktop in China

Dell Preloads Ubuntu Linux in Europe, Offers SUSE Linux Desktop in China

Summary: Dell has begin shipping Ubuntu Linux preloaded on consumer PCs and notebooks in Europe and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 on business PCs in China.Dell CTO Kevin Kettler announced the news during his keynote at LinuxWorld 2007, claiming such efforts will expand adoption of Linux on the desktop worldwide.


Dell has begin shipping Ubuntu Linux preloaded on consumer PCs and notebooks in Europe and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 on business PCs in China.

Dell CTO Kevin Kettler announced the news during his keynote at LinuxWorld 2007, claiming such efforts will expand adoption of Linux on the desktop worldwide. 

The CTO displayed a photo of founder and chief executive officer Michael Dell using Ubuntu Linux on his home machine and hinted that many employees have begun to drink the Kool-Aid. The Round Rock, Texas PC maker is now piloting Linux as a Dell corporate desktop image, he said. 

Dell announced in May that it would ship Ubuntu Linux preloaded on consumer PCs in the U.S. market. Expanding the Dell-Ubuntu deal outside the U.S. is a big step, Kettler said. 

 "We're making available the Ubuntu Linux distribution in the EMEA region, and available in  three countries -- the U.K, Germany and France -- on Inspiron notebooks and Inspiron desktops to start off and well continue to evaluate."

Dell also announced plans to offer Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 factory installed on select notebooks and desktops in China.  Dell currently preloads Red Flag Linux in the Chinese market and will add SLED 10 the mix. Details will follow soon, Kettler said.

Kettler presented his keynote on a Dell XPS laptop running Windows Vista, Ubuntu Linux and VMware Player and advised attendees to use virtualization offerings to sell desktop Linux to skeptical CIOs who choose not to run Linux on the corporate desktop.

Topics: Linux, Dell, Hardware, Open Source

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  • The world vs. India+China

    Yes, I mean Linux vs. Windows. Linux is developed by programmers all over the world while Windows Vista is coded (not designed) and tested mainly in China and India. Rumors says most of the work (including system design) of Windows 7 (the successor to Vista) will be done in India. This is not surprising as the labor cost there is low.
    • Meaningless

      unless of course you have links to backup the claim.
      Seriously, too many people post too much "unsubstantiated rumors" here, and this site is supposed to be about learning new facts.
      John Zern
  • So it seems this is the year that

    Linux starts the exodus of adoption. One sale at a time, the power of the penguin increases and Microsoft loses. Seems that Vista, DRM and over-priced software coupled with a 25+ year history or just being a pain in the @ss and costing BILLIONS in lost data and down time and clean up... it's all coming around.

    Karma, such a biatch isn't it!? ]:)
    Linux User 147560
    • It seems to me....

      Ubuntu Linux is a whole lot easier to use. Mr. Dell is a smart marketer, but I doubt it will be an exedous from Windows, too many sheep. However, I am pleased to see Dell make a smart move.
  • More Money for Consultants

    I guess IT people out there can rejoice with the rumour of increasing Linux adoption...

    The more Linux there is out there, means the more IT budgets will have to increase on services to compensate for the additional setup, configuration and ongoing management, administration and support of the Linux systems. Guess that's not a bad thing...instead of the $$$ going to Microsoft, companies can pay it to all their IT staff. Best thing is, no need to write any exams...any Joe can do it and get paid some good $$$.
    • BS

      Setup and configuration aren't nearly as hard as you seem to think it is. Right now, because there are less Linux/Unix-knowledgeable sysadmins available, people who know Linux can get paid a lot more. If Linux was really common and "any Joe" knew all about it, the wages would obviously be much lower. As it is, for desktop Linux, "any Joe" willing to put in the effort to learn the differences between it and their previous OS and learn how it works can set it up and get it running, but they might need Google or IRC or some forums for help, especially if they run into trouble later. Those of us who are more likely to be giving help through those mediums are the ones that can get sysadmin jobs. If you compare me to almost anyone in my family and everyone in my workplace, you'll see I'm the only one capable of troubleshooting and modifying whatever configuration files are necessary in a text-only environment. Did you forget that Linux servers, unlike Windows ones, don't usually waste cycles to run a desktop environment? Linux boxes don't require nearly the amount of maintenance that Windows ones do, either. We may get updates every few days, unlike with Windows' let-the-security-bugs-sit-for-a-month method, but ours don't require reboots, so there's no downtime for updates and we don't even have to be there. We can set cronjobs that auto-update every day. I rarely have to fix anything on any of my Linux computers. If I do, I was probably playing with something I don't know about in order to learn, and I did something bad, and now I have to revert the changes. It's almost never because of an update (once, I had a trivial piece of hardware, an SD card reader, lose support after an update, but I wasn't using a stable release, I was playing with alpha software).
      • BS?

        So what's your point?
  • IT staff and certification

    System Administrators will be needed regardless of which OS is the server. The desktop functions and support will come, as in most places, by anyone who knows how to what you need to do, or is better versed in the program being used.

    The certification process is used in Linux, with different vendors offering distribution specific tests and generic tests for general knowledge and expertise. The networking side is more dependent on TCP/IP as the main protocol, with other protocols added to allow communication and data exchange. The testing for these tend to be by the manufacturer of networking equipment (Cisco certification?).

    In the area where I live, Google is looking for Linux specific System Administrators. Should adoption of Linux expand this will be as common as looking Microsoft System Administrators. The difference between the two will most likely be in adaptability. The Linux certified administrator can move with little difficultly to different distributions or implementations of Linux (or even Unix). While a Microsoft administrator will need to go through a re-eduction process in some areas to be able to move into an non-Microsoft environment.

    In either case there seems to be more of a mixed environment where there are both Linux and Microsoft servers with differing functions maintained by different System Administrators.
  • Dell must differentiate OS offerings

    The days of Dell offering only Windows on Intel are over. Dell suffered big time in the server market for not having AMD Opteron servers. Now Dell is losing out to HP in PC sales. Dell must refine their business model. Canonical's Ubuntu and Novell's SLED are being added to the mix to see what they can do for their consumer and business PC and laptop sales. The Linux server market is already established and doing well. The desktop Linux market is being tested by Dell.

    Although installing either Ubuntu or SLED on a PC or laptop is pretty easy to do, it is encouraging that major manufacturers like Dell are installing Linux so we can avoid paying the Microsoft Windows "tax" every time we buy a new PC or laptop.

    Better still will be Linux device driver support coming directly from the manufacturer. When a Dell PC or laptop ships with Linux installed and every included hardware device is fully supported under Linux, then we have a real basis for making a choice not to use Windows.

    I realize there are smaller PC and laptop vendors that can do this for you today but this kind of Linux support needs to come from major manufacturers like Dell, HP, IBM, Acer and Toshiba.
  • What happened to the old American spirit?

    "Build it and they will come"

    "Supply and demand"

    "Let the best man (company) win"

    Did we have minions of Microsoft IT techs
    before Windows somehow magically appeared on
    95% (at least that's the number they brag
    about) of all computers? Did Microsoft wait
    until Microsoft IT techs were plentiful
    before selling Windows? Did people wait to
    buy Windows until plenty of Windows IT Techs
    were available? Why all the concern about
    Linux IT Techs before Linux vendors become a
    significant part of the computer market?

    Just a tooth in the cog that is intended to
    crush competition before it gets started. I
    mean, if you wanted to kill something, would
    you try to kill it at birth while it is
    helpless, or wait until it grows up to be as
    big as you, maybe bigger, to give it a fair
    Ole Man
    • Actually, it was

      Microsoft offered many companies free certifications for their IT staff so as to become Microsoft Certified Engineers - at a time when the only serious competition for Windows (OS/2, and several flavours of Unix) made people pay gold for those OSes certs.

      So in a way, yes, Microsoft waited for an abundance of IT staff before they started selling their products - however, the cert was only valid for a single version of said product, and needed to be renewed for new versions (for a price, most often).

      The problem with Linux is that a certification will mean knowledge of the _principles_ of the thing: once you know how to set up TCP/IP and iptables on, say, Ubuntu 6.06LTS, chances are you'll know how to do it on a Red Hat 5 server too.

      The very best part about Linux is that you can start working on a prototype machine (made from spare parts and a Free OS copy, which makes costs fall down quite abruptly), determine it is good enough for production use, and put it to use immediately without the need to reinstall and relicense the whole thingie - and still get professional support for it (HP for example supports Debian 'stable' on some of their server lines; you can get support from Canonical on self-installed Ubuntu servers; etc.).

      No more "I need to rebuild the whole machine because Windows Server's license wasn't good for production use, crashed on license key update, the reinstalled version didn't work anymore on that very same hardware, and now I need to take it apart to find out why it's moaning - oh, it's not seeing the two dual core processors as two CPUs and refuses to run on what it qualifies as a 4 CPU machine" bummer.
      Mitch 74
    • The old american spirit? MS choked it to death

      By squeezing it for the last nickel at every turn.

      MS can save some market share if they act decisively now. There are very few end users that don't feel like they have been abused by MS multiple times over the years. These people will jump in droves if offered a stable alternative that will meet their requirments.
      Most don't understand what a stable system Ubuntu has become. We started this year preparing for the transition. For our company, it is a no brainer. As an experiment, we gathered up old desk tops, cleaned them up, installed a new hard drive and upgraded ram where needed, installed Xubuntu 7.04(which makes a P-3 1000 run like a P-4 2000)
      This will take a generation to overcome.
  • Smart Move

    This is a good move on their part. All of the market analysis show that Linux is far outstripping windows in growth rates everywhere except in the US. It is just good business sense to start to fill a market demand with your product. With the laptops preconfigured they will solve any remaining driver issues that their hardware may have. This will end a big obstacle to a wider acceptance of the use of Linux. I wonder when the corporate decision makers in the us will "open" their minds?<br><a href="">HOIATL</a></br>