Dell 'temporarily' cuts online Ubuntu offerings

Dell 'temporarily' cuts online Ubuntu offerings

Summary: Dell has cut the online shopping choices it provides to users searching for a laptop pre-installed with Ubuntu.The company now only offers one laptop with pre-installed Linux through its online store — the Dell Latitude 2100, which comes pre-installed with Ubuntu 9.

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Dell has cut the online shopping choices it provides to users searching for a laptop pre-installed with Ubuntu.

The company now only offers one laptop with pre-installed Linux through its online store — the Dell Latitude 2100, which comes pre-installed with Ubuntu 9.04, though other Ubuntu-installed devices are available through phone sales.

The Ubuntu products do not come up in user searches because Dell has recently "made an effort to simplify our offerings online, by focusing on our most popular bundles and configuration options, based on customer feedback for reduced complexity and a simple, easy purchase experience," a Dell spokesperson told ZDNet UK on Monday.

"The reason why they're not on Dell's main pages is because Ubuntu systems are primarily targeted towards advanced users and enthusiasts, and the vast majority of consumers purchase PCs with Microsoft Windows pre-installed," the spokesperson explained. "So the changes are an effort to streamline and simplify our offerings on the main pages."

Dell currently offers Ubuntu 9.04 as the pre-installed operating system on the Inspiron 560, 560s and 570; Ubuntu 9.10 on the Inspiron 15 and 15R; and Ubuntu 10.04 on the Studio XPS 7100, Inspiron Mini 10 and the 10HD. Within Dell's small business range, Ubuntu is available on Vostro models including the 3300, 3500, 3700, 1015, V13.

ZDNet UK members have recently commented on Dell making widespread changes to its Windows or Ubuntu page on its website, with the current page giving less information Windows or Ubuntu? - Dell on Ubuntu's advantages.

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  • "The reason why they're not on Dell's main pages is because Ubuntu systems are primarily targeted towards advanced users and enthusiasts, and the vast majority of consumers purchase PCs with Microsoft Windows pre-installed"

    What rubbish! The real reason is MS don't like the competition. pressurising Dell to minimise their Linux advertising is the most they can get away with without facing another telephone-number sized fine from the EU.
    AndyPagin-3879e
  • A few years back I thought Dell was doing the right thing. But they are clearly headed in the wrong direction again. I honestly don't know why it's so difficult to offer an alternative to whatever OS ships with a PC, such as Ubuntu, Red Hat, etc. At the factory I'm pretty sure they have a few images to choose from, adding a Linux derivative should be very easy. It's hard to look the other way and pretend that Microsoft doesn't have some sort of pressure on Dell to make the moves that they do. In the meantime I would highly recommend to everybody to buy the PC with Windoze, then immediately ask for a Windows refund, since they no loner give a choice. Even before, some have said that there IS a choice however, the choice is so slim that you would have ended up paying more for a PC without Windows.
    Chris_Clay
  • Dell is obviously under the thumb of some much larger company, and that larger company is exerting ever-increasing pressure on them. I view all of this as simply the punishment Dell is being subjected to for having the gall to post their "Ubuntu is safer than Windows" statement a while back.

    As for their current offerings, not only is it shameful that they are now down to only one Ubuntu system offered, it is outright disgraceful if that system really is shipping with Ubuntu 9.04. Disgraceful.

    jw
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