Ubuntu Scores First Major Pre-installed Server Win
Early next year, Dell is expected to announce that Ubuntu Server will be certified on Dell server lines.Ubuntu is extremely popular on the desktop, but its made comparatively little progress on servers. Thats about to change. Dell is expected to announce in the first quarter of 2008 that it has certified Ubuntu Linux for its server lines. In an interview with Rick Becker, Dell Product Groups vice president of solutions, Becker said that Dell is currently in the process of certifying Ubuntu for all its server lines. "But we are still several months away from announcing a certification. Id say itll be announced in Q1 next year." Dell, however, is already selling pre-loaded Ubuntu on its servers. "At the moment, if a Dell customer asks us to pre-load Ubuntu on a server, well do it for them. We do the same for Red Hat and SUSE. Our open-source support group will work with them as best they can, but most developers who ask for Linux probably know more than we do about Ubuntu. In fact, we may ask them for advice," said Becker.
For now, Dell will direct customers who get pre-installed Ubuntu Linux on its servers to Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, and the Ubuntu community for support. "With Linux, its not like you can just pick up the phone [and get support], as you know. We cant go too deeply into Ubuntu support at this time. Well pre-load and resell it, and support the hardware with our Dell support folks. Well refer people to the Ubuntu community if we need to," said Becker.