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When Microsoft announced that it would be adding a new, next-generation version of its Windows operating system to PCs and notebooks, it did not have to wait long for its hardware partners to take part.
A few weeks later, the first PC with a version of Windows 10 rolled out to an estimated half-million devices.
While Microsoft’s partners, including Dell and Lenovo, have yet to launch the new version of the OS, a handful of big names are now shipping PCs and laptops with the new OS.
The big names include: Dell – The Dell XPS 13 is the first laptop to ship with Windows 10.
The laptop’s only selling point is its inclusion of the Windows 10 Mobile operating system.
Microsoft also launched the XPS 15 laptop with Windows 8.1 and the Dell Precision 15 with Windows 7.
It’s a very thin, thin laptop, and it comes with a 1TB hard drive.
HP – HP has shipped PCs with Windows on all its systems since 2011.
In May, it announced that all HP PCs with HP’s XPS lineup, including the X240 and X270, are now running the new operating system and will ship with it as well.
Lenovo – Lenovo is also shipping a few PCs with the next-gen OS, including its first 15-inch laptop, the Y710, and the Y550, the largest notebook laptop available for sale.
Lenovo is using a Windows 10 operating system called Creators Update to update its laptops.
The company has shipped thousands of laptops with Windows over the past few years, and many of those computers ship with the OS on them.
Acer – Acer announced in March that it will start shipping PCs with version of Ubuntu 15.04 on them starting in August.
The PC with Ubuntu will be available to pre-order starting in the middle of August.
Acer is also selling the company’s Ubuntu laptops, which come with Ubuntu 15, Ubuntu 16, Ubuntu 17, and Ubuntu 18.
Amazon – Amazon started shipping a Windows RT-powered computer earlier this month, the Echo Dot, to customers who pre-ordered the Windows RT edition.
The new device features a 1GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.
Dell – Dell announced earlier this week that it is shipping Windows 10 PCs to customers in North America.
Dell said the machines feature a processor that is Intel’s Atom X540, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 512GB of flash storage, and a Thunderbolt 2 port.
Dell is also offering the devices with its own version of Linux called OpenELEC Linux.
Lenovo and Acer are also launching laptops with Ubuntu 16.04, which includes a number of new features.
The Dell Y550 laptop with Ubuntu 18 is also a new Windows 10-based laptop, as are the HP X240 laptop and the HP Z510 laptop with Linux.
The Amazon Echo Dot and the Lenovo Y710 are available in August for $599 and $799, respectively.
Toshiba – Toshiba has been shipping computers with Linux for some time, and its latest computer, the Toshiba S30A5, ships with the Linux operating system on board.
The Toshiba Chromebook Pro 2 comes with Linux on board, but it’s a bit thicker and heavier than its predecessors.
Lenovo has also been shipping laptops with Linux since at least 2013.
HP, Dell, and Lenovo have been shipping Linux PCs since at some point, and some of these systems feature Linux versions that are available only on the systems.
HP and Lenovo are also shipping Ubuntu machines, though it’s not clear whether these machines are based on Linux or have a Linux version of their own.
Dell has said it plans to ship a Linux-based Chromebook in August, and Dell has not announced any Linux-specific laptops.
Acer has also started shipping laptops based on Ubuntu 15 for customers who purchased a Chromebook earlier this year.
Acer’s Chromebook line-up includes a 15-incher, a 15, 15R, and 15X Chromebook.
The 15R Chromebook has a 2.8GHz processor and 512GB flash storage.
The Chromebook Pro with Ubuntu comes with Ubuntu on board and the same 2.7GHz processor as its predecessors, but with 64GB flash.
Lenovo also announced in January that it was shipping a Linux laptop, dubbed the Lenovo ThinkPad K600, which is powered by Linux and includes a 1.8-GHz processor.
The ThinkPad 600 also has 64GB memory, and there is a 64GB SSD built into the machine.
Dell announced last year that it has shipped more than 30 million Linux laptops.
Dell will begin shipping the ThinkPad X300 laptop in August and the ThinkPads K500 and K400 in September.
Acer and HP are also offering Linux-powered PCs for pre-orders, and Asus is shipping a machine that ships with Linux running on the OS.