Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ubuntu Dell Laptops Go on Sale in India

Dell computers preloaded with Ubuntu are being rolled out to 850 retail stores across India.

The move is the latest in a string of retail manoeuvres by Canonical and Dell, having arrived in 220 store across China late last year. That figure has now risen to 350.

Similar to the Chinese roll out, the stores will have Ubuntu branding, training and support to help show the benefits of Ubuntu to the public.

To kick off the arrival, Dell will be offering its Inspiron 14R and 15R laptops, with further models to com later this year. The sales start June 21st.

This incursion into India matches up with Canonical’s expectation that Ubuntu will ship on 5% of all PCs worldwide next year.

Canonical’s CEO, Jane Silber, who’s in New Delhi for  the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network event, had this to say about the announcement:
"A founding principle of Ubuntu is to make computing more accessible. By working with Dell to bring these machines to market, we’re providing millions of people with the opportunity of an affordable, high-quality computing experience – in some cases, for the first time.”
It’s expected that Ubuntu retail availability will be extended to additional territories before the year is out.

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