And his OS happens to be the most widely used on the planet...A billionaire owns Microsoft so whats the difference?
Mark Shuttleworth has billions of dollars... he could afford to push Ubuntu. That's why it's popular. It doesn't mean it's better than other distros out there... far from it since it offers nothing new, except a larger community thanks to the financial backing. It's Debian with a new coat of paint. So whys it so popular? Because it was marketed.
Same thing with the iPod. What does it -really- do different than a normal MP3 player? Nothing, except it's proprietary iTunes store. It was marketed well, it caught on, and other less expensive MP3 players that do the same thing are left in the dark.
Like I said, I understand why Dell is offering it. Ubuntu is one of the most popular distros out there. I just wish it had a good reason for being in such a place.