A great news for all Linux fan boys and end user. No need to use Windows Vista / XP. Finally Linux entirely replaces Windows forever.
Trust me this move will push Ubuntu Linux to next level and it will become a leading Desktop OS, just like Redhat on server side.
According to Linux.com:
Dell and Canonical are finally making it official. Dell is scheduled to announce today that it has reached a partnership with Canonical to sell Dell desktops and laptops with Ubuntu preinstalled, to be sold through the Dell Web site.
How many people can install an operating system?
Most end user can’t install an OS. I know at least few peoples who would like to try out Ubuntu or other Linux distro but not sure howto download 700Mb file and configure everything.
Now the No. 2 PC maker will begin selling some consumer-focused laptop and desktop to end users.
You can now order a preloaded Linux operating system. You will get tons of other benefits such as
c) Say goodbye to DRM shit
d) Virus and spyware free environment
However they Dell may need to offer dual boot option, if an end user wants to play lods of games and use Ubuntu for real work.