The Wide World of Pre-installed UbuntuBy Steven Vaughan-Nichols | 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 computersdesktops, laptops or serverswith Ubuntu.