Dell u-turns on Ubuntu security

Last week, we commented on the fact that Dell was hyping up the Linix distribution Ubuntu on its web site, much to the detriment of Microsoft's Windows.

Dell was proud of the fact it has been flogging Ubuntu-equipped machines since 2007 and we can only assume it makes more margin on such machines since it doesn't have to pay Microsoft its Windows tax.

Not only can Ubuntu do anything that Windows can do, it's also more secure. Much more secure, said Dell.

On its Ubuntu-touting page last week, Dell said: "Ubuntu is safer than Microsoft Windows." In fact: "The vast majority of viruses and spyware written by hackers are not designed to target and attack Linux," the computer maker proclaimed.

We weren't the only site to notice this 'fact' about Ubuntu verses Windows. And it seems Microsoft may have noticed too, because wording on Dell's site has now changed to a much less Microsoft-unfriendly: "According to industry reports, Ubuntu is unaffected by the vast majority of viruses and spyware."

One suspects the long arm of the convicted monopolist has reached to to bring pressure to bear on the hapless computer manufacturer.

Maybe Mikey Dell was on the end of phone call from Steve Ballmer. You have to hope he had a volume control on his handset were that to have been the case.