“Dell is releasing another Ubuntu powered laptop aimed at the consumer market. I say â€œanotherâ€ because the announcement comes less than two weeks after Dell began shipping a similar Ubuntu offering. Interestingly, these offerings come just ahead of the release of the â€œmuch anticipatedâ€ Windows 10, a move that probably isnâ€™t to Microsoftâ€™s liking.Itâ€™s important to note that neither of these are high dollar top-of-the-line laptops requiring deep pockets to buy, but affordable Inspiron 14 3000 Series laptops priced for the rest of us. The laptop announced two weeks ago comes with a 15â€³ screen and sells for somewhere between $250 and $350, depending on the configuration. The laptop announced today, which defaults to slightly lower specs and comes with a smaller 14â€³ screen, is priced at $219 and up.”
See Dell Bets On Ubuntu Dell has had an interesting relationship with GNU/Linux for many years. Michael Dell and Shuttleworth started a relationship long ago which brought on again/off again production, distribution and promotion of GNU/Linux PCs. For all those years, Dell’s “search” function brought Hellish results. Searching for “Linux” or “Ubuntu” would bring forth a few good items but always a mess of PCs with That Other OS.
Prompted by an article about increasing flexibility of offerings, I calmly searched again today and nearly fell of my chair finding screen after screen of relevant products. Both “Linux” and “Ubuntu” give results that any rational human being would expect. There’s not even a “Dell Recommends TOOS” string on the search page for “Ubuntu” or “Linux”. It’s a perfectly rational search result. 😉
This is on Dell.ca, BTW, always the sad sister to Dell.com in the past.
Amazing. Wonders never cease in 2015, The Year Of The GNU/Linux Desktop.