Some months there was a couple of articles (not bored enough to search slashdot’s cache) about a major announcement to be made by some hardware vendors regarding the availability of Ubuntu in August!
This was interesting news, specially concerning the $month in which it was made. Think a bit on the vicious way that the finantial markets are oriented (or exploited, should’ve been a broker) and you might find it interesting. What could be a powerful and clean way for corporations to get good financing, became something far more twisted and obscure…
But moving on… Dell has done the opposite, a few days ago they removed all the webpages from their website (at least .co.uk) promoting Ubuntu to their visitors and implemented some pages advising customers only to go Ubuntu if they are interested in open source programming. This can go two ways… but not speculating on such actions.
Now they have stopped selling pre-loaded Ubuntu machines on their websites, though they claim they will sell such machines still by phone!
I’m really wondering what’s behind such move, how it might affect Canonical and their investors as we are entering in 2011 in the one of the worst years for consumer economy in the last 20 years according to some analysts (fighting a financial crisis today will mean to have a economical crisis tomorrow).
Did something really backfired? If so why?! or eventually is Canonical trying to pull something out? Well if we take the word of their CEO, lets just wait for August and see!
Either way with a economical crisis on 2011 in the consumer markets (economical crisis != financial crisis), could this be good or bad for free software ?