America may be the land of spacious skies and amber waves of grain, but what it doesn’t have is major retail stores selling PCs with Linux preloaded. To get those, you need to move to the “developing” world, as Canonical highlighted most recently with plans to sell Ubuntu computers built by Dell in India. Now, the question is: Will this trend ever take off elsewhere on the planet?
Of course, as attentive observers of the open source channel will note, the deal involving Ubuntu PCs in India isn’t totally novel. Canonical began pursuing retail outlets as a vector for Ubuntu PC sales in earnest last fall, with a similar partnership launched with Dell in China in October 2011. Around the same time, Asus Ubuntu machines became available at retail outlets in Portugal.