It’s official: Dell chooses Ubuntu

Confirming yesterday’s rumors, Dell has posted an official announcement on its IdeaStorm website that says it has indeed chosen Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux as the distribution for its upcoming Linux-based PCs. Dell says it will offer the latest version, Ubuntu Linux 7.04, on “select Dell consumer models in the U.S. in the coming weeks.”

The IdeaStorm announcement doesn’t contain many details, but the company invites users to watch a “video blog” starring Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth, who discusses move. A report by CNet concerning the announcement also quotes Canonical’s director of operations Jane Silber as saying users who buy Linux-based Dell PCs will have the option to purchase support from Canonical. For users who’d rather not cough up the extra cash, Dell has added a Linux section to its Dell Community Forum, where Dell users are already exchanging tips and helping each other get Linux up and running on their PCs.

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