In fact, writer Ryan Paul suggests the new Dell will come with the Ubuntu Netbook Remix, of which he says:
In addition to numerous hardware optimizations aimed at reducing power consumption, the Netbook Remix also includes some unique user interface customizations that will allow for more efficient use of screen space.
Paul also notes that the timing of the release (rumored to be Aug. 22) couldn't be better for Ubuntu distributor Canonical to capture the interest of Eee PC users whose Xandros-based versions of Linux are becoming a bit outdated.
In other news, Canonical recently announced its membership in the Linux Foundation. InformationWeek reports:
Canonical's enlistment marks the second new member the foundation has gained in August... "We look forward to working with them to continue the march of Linux in all areas of computing," Canonical CTO Matt Zimmerman said in a [Linux Foundation] statement.