While many distributions of GNU/Linux have been more than suitable for most users, there have been quite a few obstacles preventing it from getting into their desktops. One of the main reasons behind this is that Windows comes preinstalled with almost all new PCs, and most people including those that are moderately tech savvy are afraid of installing GNU/Linux or even any OS on their computer. There is also a perception that GNU/Linux is a lot harder to install than Windows, despite the contrary being true in many cases. Simply put, on a computer with a decent set of hardware, installing Ubuntu is a lot quicker than installing Vista. But, since this perception isn’t going to change anytime soon, the news that most of the major computer manufacturers now supply PCs preloaded with GNU/Linux is great to hear!
Dell have been offering Ubuntu as an option for many of their PCs for a while, Asus have EeePC, and Lenovo offer various distributions of linux. Now HP have joined the ranks offering SuSE on their enterprise desktop systems. Hopefully this will increase the uptake in the corporate sector which in general has been somewhat reluctant to take the GNU/Linux plunge, even though in many cases something like Ubuntu would be a perfect candidate for their needs. With the ease of having SuSE or Ubuntu preinstalled combined with the saving they would make on the price of Windows and Office licenses, they might be more inclined to go this route.