Dell is one of the (only) few big names that sells computers pre-loaded with Linux. The choice of Linux distribution is Ubuntu here. While Ubuntu powered Dell computers are available almost all across the globe, it gained popularity in Asian markets like India and China.
In fact, Ubuntu based Chinese Linux OS, Kylin has helped in boosting Linux popularity in China. Dell ships Ubuntu Kylin for its Linux version in China and as per Wall Street Journal report, Kylin pre-loaded computers make up of 42% of total sales.
While 42% sounds like a big number, is it really that big a number? China is a hugely competitive market and Dell is certainly not the leader here. With around 12% of total market share, Linux powered Dell computers would only constitute to 4.8% of total computers sold in China in last one year.
As noted by South China Morning Post, 97.2 % of desktop computers run some form of Windows OS in China:
No need to despair with the overall stats. Looking at the positive side, the numbers are improving and it is the right signal in itself. The belief in Linux has indeed given birth to several hardware startups that only sell Linux computers. If things go like this, we should see even better results in near future :)