Dell’s long-standing affair with Ubuntu continues. The PC vendor has now joined the ranks of those backing Linux as a serious gaming platform, having recently announced a new Ubuntu-powered variant of its small-yet-powerful Alienware X51 desktop.
According to a post on the company’s official corporate blog, the decision to ship a new Alienware X51 variant with Dell’s favorite Linux distro on it was prompted by entreaties to this effect from potential Alienware customers.
Not only is it easy to install Steam onto this Ubuntu PC, but it also comes with the latest Nvidia drivers pre-installed. However, as Obee acknowledged in his blog post, the dearth of AAA titles on Steam for Linux means that the platform isn’t quite ready for full-time gaming duties yet.
The Ubuntu-powered variant of the diminutive Alienware X51 desktop starts at $599, which is $100 less than the most basic Windows-based model. For this price you will get a 3.3GHz, dual-core Intel Core i3-3220 CPU, 6GB DDR3 RAM, 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 645 GPU, DVD burner, 802.11gn WLAN and a 1TB SATA hard drive. The top variant, which starts at $1,049, comes with a quad-core Intel Core i7-3770 CPU, 8GB memory, and a 1.5GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 GPU.