Since yesterday's launches, Direct2Dell readers like Concerned asked what we are doing to offer OS choice on the new products. From a Ubuntu perspective, we're now offering Ubuntu 7.04 to customers in the United States on the Inspiron 1420N notebook and the Inspiron 530N desktop. Both are available for order now at www.dell.com/open. Since these are new systems, it usually takes us a bit of time to ramp production. Because of that, we expect to ship these new systems by the middle of next month.
In terms of how of what to expect, the same technical details that John Hull blogged about before we launched Ubuntu systems apply to these new systems.
Here's the base configuration on the Inspiron 1420N:
- Core 2 Duo T5250 processor (1.5GHz/ 667MHz FSB)
- 1GB shared dual-channel DDR2 667MHz RAM
- 80GB hard drive
- Ubuntu 7.04
And here's the base config for the Inspiron 530N:
- Intel dual-core processor E2140 (1.6GHz/ 800MHz FSB)
- 512MB single channel DDR2 667MHz RAM
- 160GB hard drive
- Ubuntu 7.04
In this morning's Linux Live Expert Forum session, John Hull confirmed that we do plan to offer Linux on the client side in additional locations outside the United States. More details to come later this summer. That's something that we continue to see a lot of interest in—the Sell Linux PCs Worldwide from user ergo has been the top idea for a few weeks now, and I've received hundreds of comments on Direct2Dell about the same thing. John also said that Dell is considering bringing Linux to our small business customers as well.
You can take a look at this thread to follow most of the discussion from this morning's session. A couple of new threads were added outside of the live one, like this one where John asked the community what Dell could do to improve our Ubuntu offering.
Update 6/28: Yesterday, Direct2Dell reader Brandon asked about a price increase on the Inspiron E1505N notebook. The issue also came up in last night's Live Linux Chat. That price mistake was due to a website glitch, which we have fixed. The Inspiron 1505N is available for a starting price of $599. My apologies for any inconvenience this has caused.
We've got another Linux Live Expert Forum session again tonight from 8pm – 10pm. Both John Hull and Ben Collins from Ubuntu will be there again tonight. To join it, go to the Linux Community Forum area, and look for the second Live Linux Chat thread.