The latest panic in desktop-Linux-land was that Dell would no longer be selling Ubuntu pre-installed on laptops and netbooks. Alas, for those who love drama, it wasn't true. In fact, Dell is expanding its Ubuntu desktop offerings.At present via the DELL link, they offer Ubuntu v9.04 on Laptops (only choice via Customize), v10.4 on Desktops. If you want v10.4 on their Laptop, you should use phone ordering. We use DELL systems at work and there is usually wider customization via phone than WEB.
Gerry Carr the marketing manager for Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, told me that the stories that Dell will no longer be offering Ubuntu pre-installed on its hardware were "NOT true." Now, Anne Camden, a Dell PR manager, tells me that far from moving away from Ubuntu Linux, Dell is offering more Ubuntu choices than ever.