Dell Is Shipping Systems with Ubuntu Pre-installed in China

... due to the high number of requests from the customers

By Daniel Voicu on March 4th, 2008 15:43 GMT
Dell started offering Ubuntu 7.10 on the Inspiron 530n desktop to customers in China yesterday, because of the high number of requests from the clients. Unfortunately, DVD playback will not be supported on Ubuntu 7.10, in China.

It seems that Dell is aiming to offer its computers with Ubuntu pre-installed all over the globe. They started shipping Ubuntu at first in the United States, the U.K., France, Germany, Spain and last month in Canada and Latin America. The company's customers located in China can call Dell for basic installation and configuration help, in case they need it. Besides, Canonical will offer one-year tech support.

Dell started providing systems with Linux distributions pre-installed in China, last year, when it introduced Optiplex 330 and 755 with SUSE Linux Desktop 10. Now, Dell's customers from China will enjoy the following features offered by Ubuntu 7.10:

■ Cool 3-D visual effects that make your system fun to use;
■ An easier desktop search engine to find documents or applications;
■ Ability to quickly switch between users and easily share a system with family members;
■ Pre-installation of Flash for a better web experience (Added by Dell);
■ Improved recovery options with a full factory restore from hard drive and the ability to burn the system-specific recovery image to DVD media right from the user's desktop (Dell-developed as well);

About Ubuntu:

Ubuntu (an African word meaning 'Humanity to others') is the ultimate operating system developed by an entire open source community. Ubuntu is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It includes all the software you will need, from web browser, e-mail client and word processing to games, to programming tools and web server software. Ubuntu OS can be used at home, in a business environment, in public schools, hospitals, etc. The best of all is that Ubuntu is and always will be free of charge. Spread the word about Ubuntu, let everyone know what it can offer! Get it and share it with your friends and family right now from Softpedia.
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