Dell: Linux Rolls On

In the latest post at Dell’s blog, Direct2Dell, more exciting Ubuntu details were confirmed.

Dell does have plans to offer Linux to more consumers in additional locations outside the United States. More details to come later this summer.

Last time I bought a PC from Dell Canada it was made in the US, I don’t see any reason for this being difficult for Dell to do. So no surprises here. Unfortunately for Dell, this means I will probably be waiting on my next purchase until I can get Ubuntu in Canada.

We will also offer Ubuntu to small business customers in the future.

More good news. The fact that Dell did not sell to business initially has caused them some grief. I think the reason they could not was because of the speed they wanted to roll Ubuntu out to consumers.

Many who follow our Linux developments are already familiar with the Linux category on the blog and already have RSS subscriptions to it. After talking to some of the key team members on the Linux engineering team, it seems like there is an opportunity to provide more technical updates for folks who are interested.

Yay for Dell on being even more open about their work on Linux. Maybe HP will be interested in some of those technical details. :)

This recent post from Tom Dryer caught my eye a couple of days ago, and thought I’d comment on it here. If the rumors about HP offering Ubuntu are true, we’re glad to see other vendors join us in support of Ubuntu and open source. We welcome HP and other system vendors that want to join in this initiative.

This was a pleasant surprise. I was offline for a few days, and when I returned Dell had linked to me! In the last three days I have had more traffic on this blog than I have got in the last few months.

Dell also linked a humorous video about how Linux is affecting people at Dell. As far as I know, this video is the first of its kind from Dell.

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