While Dell seems confused about tablets they seem less confused about notebooks.
“Built For Businesses
With Linux Operating System”
That’s a pleasant change. They still “recommend” that other OS but it’s in small print at the top right, out of mind. The page lists “Linux Operating System” right next to that other OS. For $60 more you get that other OS and 1gB more RAM. Close enough. That other OS is costing an amount one can visualize. A 15 inch notebook for $329 is not bad, if you ask me. That squeezes netbooks pretty hard unless they have to be portable.
To find that page, I searched for “vostro ubuntu” or “vostro linux”. Hey! search actually works if you know the model you want… I searched for “linux” and actually found products like Vostro and Latitude as well as RedHat and Suse software. The “Narrow Your Selection” menu actually finds Vostro notebooks, a few netbooks and a few desktops. That’s refreshing. Clicking on the Dell Optiplex 990 desktop, however, gave me a “404” error. Some models were available with Linux in “select countries” but I could not find the “select countries” easily. The site is not quite there yet, but it is improving glacially.