Dell to sell Ubuntu-installed laptops, netbooks in India

Dell, the second-largest computer seller in India, will sell personal computers loaded with the free operating system Ubuntu.

UK-based Canonical, the company that sponsors Ubuntu, also enters India with the launch of these computers. The company is owned by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth, who earlier founded Thawte, the digital certificate issuer, now owned by Symantec.

Canonical and Dell had jointly launched Ubuntu loaded computers in China last year in October. Starting with 220 outlets, the number of stores retailing Ubuntu has reached 350, and is increasing, Canonical stated on its blog. Dell stores in South Delhi have already started displaying Ubuntu installed computers.

In India, Canonical is also targetting the small and medium business sector, with a focus on building private cloud computing systems. Companies can build their own clouds on the Ubuntu Cloud Infrastructure as a ready to deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service. It also promises to deliver a working cloud in five days for $9000.

(TOI 19JUN12)

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