Dell reportedly will release its new Ubuntu-powered computers on May 24. In his blog, LinuxQuestions.org founder Jeremy Garcia writes that a Dell staffer told him, "We will be launching a Linux based OS (Ubuntu) on the E520, 1505 and XPS 410 starting next Thursday, 5/24."
From this employees note, it appears that Dell doesnt expect these system to sell all that well. "We expect these systems to be less than 1 percent of our OS mix for the entire year which is ~20,000 systems annually," he is quoted as saying.
Still, this employee clearly hopes the Ubuntu-powered Dell systems sells better than that, as he reportedly added: "The goal of launching Linux is to continue to give our customers more choices to customize their new Dell. Providing more options to our Linux Enthusiast customer group will hopefully create even more Raving Fans!!"