Ubuntu was the first Linux operating system to make the jump to a major PC vendor in the United States when it struck a deal with Dell last year. And now the Canonical-backed Linux distribution has reached an agreement with yet another U.S. retailer. All Headline News reported Thursday that consumer tech retailer Best Buy is now selling a boxed version of Ubuntu that includes an installation guide and 60 days of telephone support for $19.99.
Canonical says the package is aimed at the less tech savvy who are hesitant to download the software or might otherwise need a hand with what could be a complicated installation process. It does get the OS in front of a wider audience. When I told IT Business Edge's Kachina Dunn about the offering, she said, "They have to get people to try it." Good point.