Dell is now offering its ultra-hip Studio XPS 13-inch laptop with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed. It's nice to see Dell taking Ubuntu seriously enough to offer it as a standard option, but a bit disappointing to see that they are not offering the latest 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope release.
In light of Ubuntu's recent move to cloud services--offeringI'd like to think that this is just an early step in a partnership. Dell must recognize that there is a large untapped market opportunity for not just netbooks, but for the services revenue to manage devices and files.
On a less positive note, I have to imagine that fewer technical users would be confused as to why they should choose Ubuntu when the top of the product page clearly states "Dell recommends Windows Vista Home Premium." No company that cares about its customers recommends Windows Vista Home Premium (zing!).
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