The Wide World of Pre-installed Ubuntu

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-10-19 Email Print this article Print


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Dell gets the headlines for pre-installing Ubuntu, but it's far from being the only PC vendor that offers Ubuntu-powered computers.

Thanks to Canonical's System Builder Program, pre-installed Ubuntu Linux PCs are available throughout the world and not just from Dell.

Everyone in the Linux desktop world knows that Dell now offers Ubuntu Linux 7.04 on some of its laptops and desktops. Some also know that Dell will soon be offering the latest Ubuntu, 7.10, on its systems. Dell, however, is far from the only PC builder that offers Ubuntu to its customers.

In March, London-based Canonical, Ubuntu's commercial sponsor, started its Partner Program to drive awareness and adoption of business-ready, open-source server platforms and desktop solutions. Canonical offers five partner tracks. One of them, the System Builder Program, is for dedicated OEMs, white-box builders and system integrators that want to pre-load their computers—desktops, laptops or servers—with Ubuntu.

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor of's Linux & Open Source Center and Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.


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