Asus To Ship Three Computers Preloaded With Ubuntu

Computer maker Asus plans to launch three Eee PC laptops pre-loaded with the open-source operating system Ubuntu 10.10.

The company plans to make the Eee PC models 1001PXD, 1011PX and 1015PX available with Ubuntu, with more computers running an open-source OS rolled out later this year.

Ubuntu distributor Canonical, which made the announcement that Ubuntu 10.10 will be pre-loaded on Asus devices, will feature a complete productivity suite that supports Microsoft Office documents, Mozilla Firefox and Adobe’s Flash platform.

“Many businesses are turning to Ubuntu as they look for a cost-effective, proven, and easy to use and manage operating system that can be delivered on business-quality laptops,” said Chris Kenyon, VP for OEM Services at Canonical, V3 reports.

“We expect the slim form factor and great design of Eee PC, combined with the great performance delivered with Ubuntu, to produce a real performer in the marketplace.”

Asus has strengthened its commitment to open source software, claiming that the partnership with Ubuntu presented a ‘win-win’ combination for both organisations. Asus said that its Eee PC cloud computing solutions will be combined with Ubuntu’s customisability and stability to deliver a great user experience.