"Dell has told DesktopLinux.com that it will be announcing later
today, Dec. 19, that it will be releasing PCs with Ubuntu 7.10 (aka
Gutsy Gibbon) as part of its Dell Consumer Linux lineup along with
the ability to legally play DVDs.
"According to Dell spokesperson Anne B. Camden, the 'Dell
Inspiron 530N desktop and Inspiron 1420N notebook PCs are now
available with Ubuntu 7.10 pre-installed.' Both of these models
were part of Dell's second wave of Ubuntu-powered PCs, which were
released in June 2007.
"Ms. Camden continued, 'Possibly in the 'more importantly'
category, we are now pre-installing DVD movie playback all Ubuntu
7.10 systems--a feature we feel will resonate with... Linux
enthusiasts as well as the mainstream consumer market. In fact, one
of the key requests from customers interested in Linux is the
ability to watch their favorite DVD movies...'"