When Dell first announced that it would be releasing Ubuntu Linux-powered consumer desktops and laptops, some people saw it as more of a stunt than a serious business move. They were wrong. Dell has already expanded its consumer Linux line, and now it has announced that it will soon be offering Ubuntu Linux systems outside of the United States and for new businesses.
On Dells Direct2Dell site, Lionel Menchaca, Dells digital media manager, said, "Wanted to be clear that Dell does have plans to offer Linux to more consumers in additional locations outside the United States. More details to come later this summer. We will also offer Ubuntu to small business customers in the future. As soon as we have more details to share, Ill blog about both topics here."
Sources close to Dell indicate that the company will be announcing international sales of Ubuntu Linux consumer systems at LinuxWorld, which will be held Aug. 6-9 at San Franciscos Moscone Center.
Kevin Kettler, Dells chief technology officer, is scheduled to speak at LinuxWorld on Aug. 7. Hell be discussing how Linux is moving toward broad deployment—not just in the data center, but also on the desktop. In particular, Kettler will be talking about the continuing opportunities for innovation offered by Linux coupled with virtualization technology.