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Dell flogged only 40,000 Ubuntu systems

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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.