However, it now looks like Dell has removed the choice of Ubuntu from its website on all consumer systems and all but one business notebooks. While the OS was formerly an option on the Inspiron and Vostro lines, as well as on the Mini 10 netbook, a quick look at the company's website shows that only the Dell Latitude 2100 business netbook allow the OS to be selected.
According to PC Pro, the OS is now only offered as an option for consumer computers over the phone. A representative for Dell explained the decision on the grounds that "Ubuntu systems are primarily targeted towards advanced users and enthusiasts" and that the goal was to reduce complexity and allow for "a simple, easy purchase experience". However, the spokesperson also stated that the situation was ongoing and that, at some point, Ubuntu may make a return.
Since most power-users planning to buy from a manufacturer like Dell would probably make their order online, it seems a little odd to hide the option to include Linux away like this. At the same time though, the vast majority of Dell's computer sales will come from selling Windows-based machines, so it can't really be blamed for catering to their primary market. Moreover, if any advanced users really wanted to switch to Linux, they probably know where to find it.
If you really think Dell should keep Linux as an option on the webstore - or in general - the company's Idea Storm website allows the community to help shape the future of its products. Or you can feel free to let us know in the HEXUS Community.