Dell has published the first details of what users can expect for some of its forthcoming Ubuntu Linux systems on its blog - but the company is keeping quiet on a number of specifics.
Dell will sell Ubuntu 7.04 preinstalled on "select Dell client systems", according to John Hull, manager of Linux OS technologies at Dell, and is expected to make the systems available starting late this month.
Dell has sold Linux-based servers for several years. The exact configuration of the client systems has been a complex matter to arrange because of the technical support and intellectual property issues involved, Dell has said. The company is expected to offer Ubuntu on certain XPS and Dimension desktops and Inspiron laptops.
Hull said Dell's systems will come with the default Ubuntu software installed, including the kernel and applications.
Support for peripherals will be more limited than with other operating systems Dell offers because of the hardware support available within Linux, Hull said. "We're offering the hardware options on each system that have the most mature and stable Linux driver support," he wrote. "These hardware options have been thoroughly tested by the Linux team here at Dell."