We'll soon have an option to buy Dell desktops and laptops pre-installed with Ubuntu 7.04, one of the most popular Linux distros. This was announced by Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu, on Dell's corporate blog.
The Dell-Ubuntu tie-up announcement should generate enough excitement among Linux cheerleaders and even in China where Naked PCs are popular, though for different reasons.
Currently, a Microsoft sponsored tagline that says "Dell recommends Windows Vista™ Business." is pasted on almost every webpage of the Dell.com website.
Not sure if that'll change in near future because Dell is likely to advocate Ubuntu only for consumer PC's and not businesses. You may however be surprised to learn that Dell founder & CEO Michael Dell is an Ubuntu fan himself and his home laptop runs on Ubuntu.
Dell has just launched a placeholder website for Ubuntu at dell.com/ubuntu.
Overall, this development may bring down the prices of Dell machines and help Dell make inroads into the Linux community. For Ubuntu, it's an excellent opportunity to become mainstream.