US Computer manufacturer Dell responded positively when more than 130,000 people voted democratically to urge the company to offer Ubuntu-based Dell computers.
According to The Register (opens in new tab) however, things did not go as planned as Dell shipped only 40,000 systems according to multiple un-cited sources.
It is not the first time though that Dell is offering anything other than Windows based OS. They did offer Red Hat Linux as well as FreeDOS in the past although these were marginal rather than mainstream offers.
Dell has been keen to listen to its customers in a bid to woe them and offer something different; but it also shows the limits of participative decision making as only a fraction of those who pushed for Ubuntu system actually committed to buy one.
Another popular idea that was submitted by Dell customers is the fact that there should be an option for a blank hard drive - no Operating system.