Dell is a large manufacturer of computers. If you need to buy a computer and want Linux to be pre-installed than Dell is a good choice. It is nice to see that such a huge company is supporting Linux. More people will adopt Linux if it will come pre-installed on their system. Dell uses Ubuntu 8.04 because it is a very popular distribution and has long term support. With such a reputable company behind Linux the market share will definitely increase. Check out Dell computers that are running Linux. If you are interested in a netbook than Dell is offering the Mini 10 that also comes with Ubuntu.