Dell's Linux PCs going on sale this afternoon

Barely a couple of months after announcing plans to offer Linux on its PCs, Dell has officially announced three consumer machines that will go on sale this afternoon with copies of Ubuntu Linux pre-installed. The machines are the Inspiron 1505n notebook and the Dimension E520n and XPS 410n desktops. Dell says the Inspiron E1505n will start at $599 with a 15.4" 1280x800 display, a "Pentium Dual Core T2080" processor, integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics, 512MB of shared memory, 802.11g Wi-Fi, and an 80GB hard drive.

As for the desktops, the Dimension E520n will also start at $599, but with a Core 2 Duo E4300 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, an Nvidia GeForce 7300 LE graphics card, and a bundled 17" LCD monitor. The XPS 410n will have similar specs but with a $849 price tag, a DVD burner, and an upgrade to a 19" LCD monitor. All three machines will come with Ubuntu Linux 7.04 pre-installed, and they'll become available at 4:00 PM CDT today from Dell's page.

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