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Dell Ships Ubuntu 9.04 Systems Ahead of Windows 7 Launch

Dell’s U.S. website has started offering Ubuntu 9.04 on a Mini 10V and Inspiron 15N laptop. The move comes less than two months before Microsoft’s Windows 7 launch — essentially reinforcing Dell’s commitment to Ubuntu in some targeted markets. But will Dell pre-load Ubuntu 9.04 on a desktop PC? Here’s some analysis.

First the facts: Dell’s U.S. web site (www.Dell.com/Ubuntu) has been redesigned in recent days to highlight a netbook and notebook with Ubuntu 9.04 preinstalled. Until now, Dell only offered Ubuntu 8.x options. However, the redesigned site does not feature any Ubuntu desktop PCs. Also, marketing graphics on the Dell site are netbook and notebook specific.

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