Windows Marketplace site distributed Ubuntu Linux

— 3:56 PM on June 22, 2007

Ubuntu Linux was good enough to gain a choice spot on Dell's PCs, and apparently even Microsoft thinks the popular Linux distribution is just great. As Groklaw points out, Microsoft has been distributing Ubuntu Linux on its Windows Marketplace website. The link has mysteriously disappeared, but thanks to the omniscience of Google cache we can still see the page as it looked earlier this week. On it, Microsoft claims Ubuntu is "perfect for laptops, desktops, and servers." Whether at home, school, or work, Microsoft adds, "Ubuntu contains all the applications you'll ever need, from word processing and e-mail applications, to Web server software and programming tools."

That's certainly one heck of an endorsement. And it worked: Ubuntu was downloaded nearly 11,000 times via the Windows Marketplace before Microsoft pulled the plug.

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