August 8, 2007

Dell launches Linux PCs in UK

by Jan Harris

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Dell has responded to pressure from Linux fans on its IdeaStorm forum with the launch of two PCs with the Ubuntu 7.04 Linux operating system pre-installed, in the UK, Germany and France.

The Inspiron 6400n will retail for £329, while the 530n will be priced at £399.

Around 30,000 IdeaStorm users asked for the Linux open-source operating system to be pre-installed on Dell systems.

Dell launched computers with Linux installed in the US in May. The OS is available on desktops, laptops and workstations for US consumers, who also pay less for their Linux systems than UK customers.

In the US, the Inspiron 530n is available for $549 (£271).

Customer support is available from Ubuntu’s commercial backer Canonical for between $250 (£124) and $900 (£445) per year. There is also a Linux forum at Dellcommunity.com where customers can share information.

The Ubuntu Linux-based OS was community developed and updated regularly. It is designed to be user friendly and comes with built-in word processor, spreadsheet and presentation applications, and e-mail, calendar, chat, web browsing and photo capabilities.

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