Slightly blurred photos offer conclusive proof.
If you haven’t heard Acer’s recent complaints over its disappointment with Windows Vista, with boss Gianfranco Lanci declaring that “The entire industry is disappointed by Windows Vista” then you have now. Subtle contextualising aside, while we were a bit puzzled that he would make quite such a generalised and sweeping statement, we do at least have to admire Gianfranco for, seemingly, backing it up with actions. The latest Acer-related rumour to leave the mill is that Acer systems are to start shipping with Ubuntu flavoured Linux installed instead of Windows.
The betraying advert has been displayed on community site Singapore Hardware Zone and while it does appear to have an air of Photoshop, it seems strange that anyone would go to the bother to forge such an image and as such is probably genuine. Backing up that assertion is the fact that Dell recently also chose to ship Ubuntu with a range of its PCs.
Contacting Acer, we were told that Linux is, in fact, offered across its range as an install option, but that it is down to resellers in individual countries to decide to import those product lines. No importer in the UK, thus far, is doing that, but that’s not to say this won’t change in the future.