In some areas of the world, Hewlett-Packard is winning business selling custom PCs with Ubuntu Linux preinstalled. But now, Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth is on record stating that HP and Canonical are not — I repeat, not — discussing any deals to preinstall Ubuntu on HP systems. Bummer.
Here are thoughts from Shuttleworth on Dell’s expanding plans for Ubuntu as well as a Shuttleworth’s statement about HP. Oh, and here’s a sample of the type of business HP is doing with Ubuntu — even without a preinstall relationship in place.