Dell plans to start offering Linux pre-installed on its desktops and notebooks.

The company says it will offer Linux machines in response to customer demand – recent customer surveys have revealed a demand for computers running non-Windows operating systems.

Over 70 per cent of customers surveyed would use Dells with Linux installed, a recent survey claimed.

"We will expand our Linux support beyond our existing servers and Precision workstation line," the company said. "Our first step in this effort is offering Linux pre-installed on select desktop and notebook systems."

The company plans to announce which systems it will offer with Linux on board in the coming weeks.