Dell has been offering a Linux option for its netbooks pretty much since day one. The company’s 9 and 10 inch mini-notebooks each come with a choice of Windows or Ubuntu Linux. Now Dell’s Doug Anson says the company is looking at other options as well, including the Intel-backed Moblin Linux distributions and Google’s upcoming Chrome Operating System.
That’s not to say that Dell is definitely going to release products using these operating systems. But the company does plan to “evaluate” Chrome OS once it’s available, and Anson says the idea behind the cloud-based operating system “has potential.” He says the company is “very interested” in Moblin, which is designed specifically for netbooks and offers a number of applications and features that work particularly well on internet-connected devices with small screens. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Moblin-based Dell product in the not-too-distant future.
But it’s also worth noting that Dell’s current Linux partner, Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu) is working with Moblin as well. So we might just see Dell netbooks continuing to run Ubuntu, but still getting some Moblin features including faster boot times, a custom program launcher, and several apps including media players which have been designed to work on small screens.