Enterprise Linux Log

Apr 19 2007   12:47PM GMT

Shuttleworth: Michael Dell’s Ubuntu Dell was “fun story” but nothing more

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Dell CEO Michael Dell is getting a Dell preloaded with Ubuntu, sure, but it doesn’t mean much, according to Canonical Ltd. head Mark Shuttleworth.

During a conference call today that was supposed to be about Sun Microsystems and Canonical working together to get Java fully integrated into Ubuntu, reporters kept asking about Dell’s decision to put together a new laptop running Feisty Fawn and then plaster it all over Dell’s web page.

Unfortunately for conspiracy theorists the world over, Shuttleworth wasn’t having any of it.

“I won’t comment on conversations that may or may not be happening … I am certainly happy that Michael Dell is forward looking and looking at Ubuntu … it was a fun story, but I don’t see any subliminal messaging going on there.”

So Dell got a Dell with Ubuntu because he liked the OS. Nothing more — or was it?. I guess we’l have to wait and see how this plays out into Dell’s overall Linux desktop strategy, if at all.

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