This latest Dell announcement can be found in this blog posting (which also has a video interview with Mark Shuttleworth and Dell's chief Linux engineer). Mark Shuttleworth has also provided additional commentary on his blog. This product refresh is coming just seven months after Dell professed their love for Ubuntu and then began shipping Ubuntu 7.04.
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