May 24, 2007 / 8:16 AM / 13 years ago

Dell to offer computers with Linux

Michael Dell, Chief Executive Officer of Dell Inc., speaks during a news conference in New Delhi, in this March 20, 2007 file photo. Dell Inc. said it is launching three computer systems, including one notebook, on Thursday that will come with the open-source Linux operating system already installed. REUTERS/Vijay Mathur

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dell Inc. DELL.O said it is launching three computer systems, including one notebook, on Thursday that will come with the open-source Linux operating system already installed.

The computers, which come with a price tag starting at $599, will have the Ubuntu 7.04 Linux system, it said.

The move is a result of customer feedback, where Linux enthusiasts wanted the system pre-installed, the company said.

Earlier this month, Dell joined a collaboration between Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O) and Novell Inc. NOVL.O to allow Linux software to work with Windows on computer servers.

Linux is the most popular variant of open-source software. Unlike proprietary software, open-source software lets developers share code and add functions, and users only pay for custom features, maintenance and technical support.

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