Today I saw the new Dell ads in the paper. It’s fun to see the product you support in a paper. As usual, my attention was turned to the page where they advertised the Dell Mini 9s. Part of me hopes they would bring the price down to $300 or less. Unfortunately, the price was still at $349 for the Ubuntu version.
What caught my eye is something far more agitating than just a hefty price tag: two versions were advertised, the Windows version and the other Ubuntu version. Guess which one was given advertising priority? The Windows machine. Since I was unable to take a good enough picture, I will describe it as best possible. The page is in portrait layout, and is divided into two halves, top and bottom. The top, which filled in with a shaded box, held a large picture of the Windows version, with all the usual Dell advertising stuff.
The bottom half was dedicated to the Ubuntu version. Shown in a smaller, less eye catching ad than usual. What really caught my eye was some larger text (14 pt.) in the upper right-hand corner of the Ubuntu section. It said:
“Dell recommends Windows Vista Home Premium.”
Real smooth, Dell. Once again, Dell shows it’s weak side when advertising another product, with another form of software installed other than Microsoft Windows. It’s strange really. Both models were described as “new” in the advertisement, but the Ubuntu version gets treated like a second-class citizen. I am glad that Dell is selling Ubuntu machines, but sometimes the whole “we recommend this…” line gets a little old, especially when plastered not in the appropriate section, but in the section advertising an Ubuntu product.