Retail Stores in China

On Wednesday in Beijing, Canonical and Dell announced the start of an exciting retail program to sell machines pre-loaded with Ubuntu, initially rolling out to 220 retail stores in China.

The stores will feature Ubuntu on a range of Dell computers, and will carry branded marketing collateral in-store, trained staff positioning the benefits and advantages of Ubuntu to consumers and will be supported by a retail team of Ubuntu merchandisers, set up to support the stores. The work was carried out by the Canonical teams based in Beijing and Shanghai, working with Dell China.

For the consumer, Ubuntu is now an easy choice, with a clean, crisp elegant interface, an exceptional browsing experience and a fully-integrated software center for great applications and games (both free and paid for). It also includes leading services such as the Ubuntu music store and the Ubuntu One cloud storage service built-in.

With an actively growing base of over 20 million users this represents another significant endorsement from one of the world’s major PC vendors.

 

57 comments

  1. Alan Rochester

    Is this on the ground yet, or is it merely an announcement? Is there a store in Beijing and do you have an address?

    1. Mark's photo Mark Murphy

      check out the first stores in Xu Zhou, Lian Yun Gang, Su Qian, Yancheng and Lianyungang cities

  2. Benjamin Kerensa

    Ubuntu does fine in Asia and Europe… Would love to see some Ubuntu stores or marketing efforts in the U.S.

  3. Daeng Bo

    Dell mid-range computer in Phanthip Plaza in Bangkok all had Ubuntu on them when I was there this summer.

  4. Richard Mottershead

    Looks good.

    Would love to buy a laptop that has Ubuntu loaded from day one and not have to pay Microsoft for an OS I won’t use.

    Could you please have a word with Dell in the UK, as I can’t find any Ubuntu-loaded products on their website?

    Thanks

  5. alejandro

    Excellent going! Any chance you are opening at least one store in Japan too?

  6. Isaac

    Great news!!
    Can we get a blogpost about what types of computers will be sold at these stores? It would be interesting to know if new hardware comes out of this.

  7. Johan

    This is great! When can we see this in South Africa ;)

  8. 田永望

    我不是中国人,想的他很好!

  9. An aussie

    Is there any chance that this could happen in Australia where finding a linux desktop is near impossible. It might also help me to some friends on Ubuntu

  10. Gareth

    I would just like to know if this is an experiment to determine viability for the ultimate step of doing the same internationally….

  11. nadeem

    this is so great, i would like to see this more often

  12. Scott Dunn

    What a great way to end Windows piracy.

  13. Dustin MacDonald

    Cannot wait for this deal to expand out of China and to North America. Well until then its System 76 for me.

  14. Jeroen

    Nice initiative. When do you start in the EU?

  15. Nicholas Ipsen

    Could we get some bigger pictures once it’s actually set up?

  16. Jef Spaleta

    20 million? Hmm, can you provide me a link for how that userbase estimate is established? It looks sort of made up.

    -jef

  17. Jef Spaleta

    Are the systems being sold all Canonical certified hardware? And which version of Ubuntu are pre-installed in the existing stores? 11.10?

    I ask because most of the Dell certified laptops listed for 11.10 are no longer available for purchase in the US. But that is no indication as to what Dell is still selling in China.

    This is one of the weak points about the certified hardware pages Canonical runs, they can’t easily account for geographic availability disparity from OEM partners. It devalues the certification pages significantly as it makes it much more time consuming to find certified hardware. Knowing which certified retail models were on sale in China pre-installed would potentially save others in other geographic locations time when placing Ubuntu orders with Dell on the phone in the US and the UK (someone people still want to make those orders).

    -jef

  18. Ubuntu Man

    I love this idea! Wanna see a lot of stores in Russia! :D

  19. Paul Brown

    ¿Could you post higher quality photos for our readers, please?

  20. Ken Ham

    Is this just to keep Microsoft off Dell’s back about selling machines with no OS on them?

    I can imagine advantages for both companies: Dell would get to say that they are loading an OS (when it’s one they’re getting for free); while Canonical get to pretend lot’s of people in China are using Ubuntu, when they’ve actually taken the machines home to load pirated copies of Windows 7 on them.

  21. philippe

    Sou do Brasil tenho 17 anos
    uso o ubuntu desde a versao 9
    parabens canonical o ubuntu tem melhorado bastante desde então. e boa ideia essa parceria mostrando o ubuntu para possiveis clientes e demostrando qual simples, belo e rapido é esse sistema operacional.

  22. Sam Saxon

    Great news!

  23. Alessandro

    Good news! This is a successful way to reach the goal. I’m looking foreward to seing it in Italy soon.

  24. saurav

    what abut India people…we want such here also…!!!

  25. Taz LIttle

    +1 for same in Russia

  26. eric

    great move, it would be incredible if in China the main and most popular OP was linux. That could change a lot world-wide. Great thinking!

  27. Stephen Bathgate

    Richard, re UK dell have a look at the comments by this blogger on his 1 August 2011 post

    http://putt1ck.blogspot.com/

    At least he didn’t seem to have to pay for windows.

  28. Alexey

    Would be nice to see same shops here, in Canada as well.

  29. Sean Tilley

    Any chance of selling System76 or ZaReason machines at Ubuntu stores alongside Dell ones? :) Just a thought.

    Also, any ideas as to whether this will come to the US?

    1. Gerry Carr

      Hi Sean

      They are Dell stores that sell Ubuntu in them. It’s no likely they are going to sell rival systems. As to the US, I don’t think Dell has retail stores in the US do they?

      Gerry

  30. Ken Ham

    I see you guys never published my question about whether this is just a way for Dell to sell cheaper machines, without Windows licenses, so Chinese people can continue to put pirated copies of Windows on them.

    Since my comment was deleted, I’m going to go ahead and assume that’s the case. Thanks.

    1. Gerry Carr

      hi Ken Ham,

      Or it could be what it looks like – a way for Dell to sell more machines with Ubuntu on them. There is a concept called Occam’s Razor which is worth looking up http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam%27s_razor

  31. Ivan

    What evidence do you have to prove you have 20,000,000 users?

  32. elias

    Good! Bring this to Brazil, too

  33. Sauravuanal

    For the consumer, Ubuntu is now an easy choice,

    Pfft, what are you high? What the Chinese will do is continue to pirate Microsoft Windows because free does not equal quality, free (in the case of Oombooboo) means crap. Crap software, crap experience, and crap support. Mark is burning through money and will be broke soon so look for another job. :D

  34. toad

    Hm, ist that really a dedicated Ubuntu store? Looks like there is “stuff” hanging around in the background. Having seen an Apple store I think Canonical would be well advised to think of some more pizazz than just an orange carton stand for a laptop.

    My 2cs

  35. toad

    Is that really a dedicated Ubuntu store? Looks like there is “stuff” flying ’round in the background.

    Having been to an Apple store I would have thought Canonical would be well advised to have more pizazz than just an orange cardboard stand for a laptop.

    My 2cs

  36. виктор

    молодцы,разбили “моську”винде!

  37. виктор

    Это,самая лучшая новость!

  38. neeraj

    After ‘UEFI requirement’ mess by MS for Windows 8, we definitely want it to come in India as well

  39. tracyanne

    How can I get one?

  40. liberavia

    As all of you would love to have such a store in your country, i would be happy to have it here in germany too. At first I’m happy that the chinese customers can do reference work which we all can learn from.

    For long time I’ve been thinking about, why canonical’s affords in becoming a franchiser just don’t seem to be full forced. I mean they have spent years on building this whole infrastructure which even the big ones, Apple and Microsoft, try to target.
    They’ve just noticed that they also want to have a software center, a easy to use cloud service, a build in music store…

    So what? I’m happy finding a lot of ubuntu accessoires in the official ubuntu store, but where are this franchisee stuff, which is needed to get it into the store now? And most important: Where are officially supported Notebooks including partnerships with local resellers?

    Hope these news is a sign that Canonical and Dell are about to test exactly this, to launch it in other parts in the world too.

    Best regards

  41. MaTachi

    Awesome! One step closer to the goal of reaching 200 million users. =)

  42. Andrea Lazzarotto

    Dell in Italy absolutely refuses to sell without OS or even give you a legit refund. There is nothing going “fine” here in Europe and no reason to buy from such a company.

  43. Elias Aarnio

    Do I understand this correctly: there is no propriatery OS installed on these laptops? If you have really succeeded in keeping MS out these machines you should write a howto on the subject.

  44. Shane

    Hopefully this will catch on in the UK now there is a recession going on for a second time. Not saying that Canonical should sell Ubuntu in cheap computers because it deserves to be on top quality high end devices. Shiny=Good quality. Cheap and nasty plastic = Well! cheap and nasty full-stop.

  45. Elias Aarnio

    Actually you could partner with some hw vendor and offer this kind of stuff to EMEA area, too.

  46. k

    love it =D would love to see this happen in Norway. Hope to see more blog posts on the stores …

  47. Tikii

    I think partnering with another company would be better than Dell. Like Lenovo, Acer, Samsung and Asus

  48. nick

    can we see this australia :)

  49. Urbano

    Me parece genial que pongan tiendas de ubuntu por todo el mundo ” Digo ubuntu, que en realidad son de pc con ubuntu pre instalado … I love ubunut ¿When ubuntu isn’t going to be a wrong word?

  50. liberavia

    As all of you would love to have such a store in your country, i would be happy to have it here in germany too. At first I’m happy that the chinese customers can do reference work which we all can learn from.

    For long time I’ve been thinking about, why canonical’s affords in becoming a franchiser just don’t seem to be full forced. I mean they have spent years on building this whole infrastructure which even the big ones, Apple and Microsoft, try to target.
    They’ve just noticed that they also want to have a software center, a easy to use cloud service, a build in music store…

    So what? I’m happy finding a lot of ubuntu accessoires in the official ubuntu store, but where are this franchisee stuff, which is needed to get it into the store now? And most important: Where are officially supported and certified notebooks/desktops/tablets and partnerprograms with local resellers?

    Hope these news are a sign that Canonical and Dell are about to test exactly this, to launch it in other parts in the world too.

    Best regards

  51. Ayush

    Hey, great work with that Canonical but what about INDIA, we also want that here too !!!

  52. dingo_hack

    In italy this company http://www.garlach44.eu provide notebook with ubuntu preloaded by more years. Good news.

  53. @sc@n@f&r

    Good news. In italy for example this company http://www.garlach44.eu provide notebook with ubuntu preloaded by more years.

  54. keener

    I’ll be returning to China this summer, does anyone know the prices of these computers and which areas are selling these laptops? Wangfujing, xidan?

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