Dell Drops Ubuntu PCs

Dell has stopped selling computers pre-loaded with the Ubuntu Linux operating system from its web store, IT mag PC Pro reports.

During a recent visit, representatives of the magazine found that the web page “Windows or Ubuntu?” had been changed, and that Dell now only sells Ubuntu-based computers over the phone.

"Dell has offered select consumer systems with Ubuntu pre-installed for more than two years, and is continuing to do so," a Dell spokesperson told PC Pro.

"We’re also making some changes to our Ubuntu pages, and as a result, they are currently available through our phone-based sales only," the spokesperson said.

The Dell advice pages on its website, which earlier suggested that the Linux-based operating system was more secure than Windows, now states that “Ubuntu systems are primarily targeted towards advanced users and enthusiasts, and the vast majority of consumers purchase PCs with Microsoft Windows pre-installed.”

The company has said that it will continue to offer Ubuntu in its systems and removing it from the website is not a permanent decision.