Dell has cautiously offered Ubuntu Linux powered computers for a few months now and I’m extremely disappointed. Dell has yet to put any serious marketing into them. If you want Linux, you probably already know about them. If you don’t know what Linux is, you’ll never look for them and find them.
On the plus side, I just ran a basic comparison between the Inspiron 530N (Ubuntu edition) versus the Inspiron 530 (Vista version) and found a great surprise. I managed a $816 difference. The Vista system was that much more expensive. I included Vista Home Premium, Roxio, PC-Cillin, Office Pro, and others as those titles are all well represented under Ubuntu for free. Even when I removed all the software from the Vista system, I still had an astonishing $180 difference in the hardware. To top it, the Vista system would be unusable for basic tasks. Wow.
Check out Dell’s Ubuntu Computers.