Visit Dell.com/ubuntu and you'll find a "Top Ten" list of "things you should know about Ubuntu." Item number 6 on Dell's list states:
- "6) Ubuntu is safer than Microsoft® Windows® The vast majority of viruses and spyware written by hackers are not designed to target and attack Linux."
Either way, Dell's Ubuntu endorsement arrives as Canonical tries to line up more Ubuntu hardware partners.
Biggest Ubuntu PC Maker?But the story doesn't end there. Dell claims it has shipped more computers pre-loaded and pre-tested with Ubuntu than any other computer maker in the world since 2007. (Alas, Dell doesn't disclose exact shipment figures for Ubuntu PCs.) And Dell states that it will introduce Ubuntu 10.04 systems in mid-2010.
As Ubuntu fanboys know, Ubuntu 10.04 is a long-term support (LTS) release that launched in April 2010. The offering has been generally well-received and is designed for longer-term commitments from customers and partners.
No doubt, Dell remains committed to Windows 7. But Dell's decision to ship Google Android-based tablets and Ubuntu 10.04 systems reinforces a hard fact: PC industry leaders continue to seek alternatives to Windows, especially in emerging markets like mobile devices.
Still, Dell's track record with Ubuntu hasn't been perfect. From time to time, Dell's U.S. web site (www.dell.com/ubuntu) lists only one Ubuntu system -- a netbook. At present, Dell also lists a notebook and there are hints that Dell may also come back soon with an Ubuntu desktop.
The VAR Guy will be watching. Oh, [download id="4"] about Ubuntu safety... just in case it happens to disappear from Dell's Web site.
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