Dell has launched the Alienware X51 series Gaming Desktops powered totally by Ubuntu Operating system. The desktops start at US $599 and go up to $1049. Of-course you can customise your system online and get the exact price before buying. This is really a broad initiative from Dell as it is projecting Ubuntu as an OS that can be used to play all games out there. However, Ubuntu being Linux still lacks many things – most important of them being OEM drivers for Linux bases operating systems.
The machines are available at alienware.com/ubuntu. The Gaming tab on the page says there are 25 gaming titles available on Linux and more are being added. This is another point which I think would not appeal to any user who is buying a computer for playing games. You got to give a gamer more games to play and 25 is just a small number. Although, Steam has listed more than 100 titles available for Linux on their website, Dell seems to be under-counting it!
We will take a look at the specs of one of the Alienware X51 Ubuntu Gaming desktops:
- Powerd by Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad Core processor
- Runs on Ubuntu operating system
- Has 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz (2 DIMMS)
- Sports a 1.5GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
- Slot Load Dual Layer DVD Burner
- Dell Wireless 1506 (802.11gn) WLAN half mini-Card
- 1TB Hard Disk – SATA 3Gb/s,7200RPM
The above system is priced at US $1049 (Approx. Rs. 55,000 in Indian Currency) and of-course you have to purchase a Display / Monitor additionally. What do you think, is the system really worth the price?