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Dell launches Linux PCs in the UK

New Inspirons will have factory-installed Ubuntu

Dell has launched two PCs in Europe with Ubuntu 7.04 Linux factory installed.

The Inspiron 6400n and the Inspiron 530n are now in the UK, Germany and France, as Dell’s initial response to calls from Linux enthusiasts for the open source operating system to be pre-installed.

The announcement follows customer feedback from 30,000 users on Dell’s www.ideastorm.com, website.

“Dell is continuing to deliver on our commitment to give customers what they’re asking for – the option of choosing Linux as their operating system,” said Charlie Tebbs, consumer marketing director, Dell EMEA. “As we hear from customers throughout Europe and around the world, we will continue to explore the opportunities to expand our offerings globally, so stay tuned.”

Ubuntu is a Linux-based open source operating system that is community developed and updated regularly. Designed to be user-friendly, Ubuntu comes with built-in software for a high level of office productivity, including word processor, spreadsheets and presentation applications, as well as email, calendar, chat, web browsing and photo capabilities.

With no software licensing costs associated with Ubuntu, Dell is pricing the Inspiron 6400n at £329 inc VAT and delivery for a fully configured machine and £399 inc VAT and delivery for the Inspiron 530n.

Dell has created the Dell Linux Forum on on Dellcommunity.com, to help end users, while additional service upgrades are available from Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, including: 30-day Get Started, One-year Basic and One-Year Standard.


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