Tuesday, September 30, 2008

All Dell Minis Available with Ubuntu!

I just checked out the Dell website (US) and noticed that all the Dell Inspiron Minis can now be configured with Ubuntu, and for $40 cheaper than the same Windows setup! Previously you could take the base Ubuntu system and increase the specs to match the other Windows configurations, but you would miss out on the "Instant Savings", which could save you up to $40. Now you can not only get the Instant Savings, but you save another $40 just for choosing Ubuntu.

This is just another demonstration of Dell's commitment to open source. If anyone is reading this outside of the US, let us know in the comments if you have similar options. Also, I'd love to hear from anyone who has one of these Minis, or any other Dell with pre-installed Ubuntu for that matter. What do you think?

UPDATE: From what I am reading in the comments, it sounds like the US is the only place (currently) where the Ubuntu Minis are $40 cheaper than an identical Windows XP configuration. Perhaps other places will follow soon.

Also, I didn't notice before but the second model in the picture is only $10 more than the base one after the Ubuntu discount, which means you can double your 4GB SSD to 8GB for only 10 bucks! It is hard to imagine anyone buying the base model in the US, unless someone simply doesn't notice.

Finally, if you are going to snatch one, don't forget to log in through http://www.dell.com/eppbuy if you are a student or otherwise qualify, to get 2% off. In the aforementioned middle $359 setup, this knocks a few bucks off the total bringing it to $351.82 for the 8GB setup.