PC manufacturer Dell will be expandingtheir line of Linux computers accordingto this
Mark Shuttleworth, who created a version of Linux software named Ubuntu, saidDell is happy with the demand it has seen for Linux PCs that were introducedin May.
Dell, the world’s second-largest PC maker after Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N:Quote, Profile, Research), now offers three consumer PCs that run UbuntuLinux.
“What’s been announced to date is not the full extent of what we will see overthe next couple of weeks and months,” Shuttleworth said an interview late onWednesday.
“There are additional offerings in the pipeline,” he said. Shuttleworthfounded Canonical Inc to provide support for Ubuntu Linux.
A Dell spokeswoman, Anne Camden, declined comment, saying the company does notdiscuss products in the pipeline.
She added that Dell was pleased with customer response to its Linux PCs. Shesaid Dell believed the bulk of the machines were sold to open-source softwareenthusiasts, while some first-time Linux users have purchased them aswell.
That said, Dell does have some gripes:
Dell wants to offer ATI Linux systems, but first the driver must be improvedfor the Linux platform (not necessarily open-source, but improved). Dellcurrently ships desktop Linux systems with Intel using their open-sourcedrivers as well as NVIDIA graphics processors under Linux.