When Dell launched the Inspiron Mini 9 netbook in the US, the company offered customers a choice of operating systems. Americans could select Ubuntu 8.04 or Windows XP. If you happened to be in the UK, though, you were stuck with Windows — until now.

Dell is now taking orders for a version of the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 running Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron in the UK. Dell is charging £269 for the base model Linux version of the Inspiron Mini, which is about $474 US. The Windows version sells for £299 or about $527.

The Linux version also comes with an 8GB solid state disk for storage while the Windows model has a 16GB disc. So you get more than just Windows for your extra cash. Both netbooks come with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM and an 8.9 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display.

You can read more about the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 in the Liliputing Product Database.

via Electric Pig and Register Hardware

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3 replies on “Dell Inspiron Mini with Ubuntu Linux hits the UK”

  1. Its about time. Considering that Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, is based in the UK, I couldnt figure out why the wait.

    I seriously think their options are subjective. first you see the webcam, now you dont….
    first we charge you 25$ for white, now we dont…..

    Canada has a 30$ rebate this week so at least thats tempting.

    Since Dell dropped their brick and mortar outlets, will they be selling their netbooks through the bestbuys/futureslop/etc?

  2. Just a side note — in the US, you can no longer get a webcam as an option on the Ubuntu Mini. I had been waffling about getting one … now it’s too late. Gotta get XP if you want the webcam. 🙁

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