On the eve of 6.10's release, Mark Shuttleworth, held an early morning meeting in London to talk about Ubuntu, Canonical, and their business future.
Read it here at http://www.linux-watch.com
Shuttleworth also said that while there had been discussions with major OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) about a preloaded Ubuntu Linux desktop PC, he had no news, at this time, to report on that front. Dell, in particular, has been mentioned as an OEM that might partner with Ubuntu on a Linux desktop. Like the Oracle stories, however, there seems to be more smoke than fire at this time.