Archive for the ‘Dell’ Category

Dell To Offer Ubuntu On More Systems

June 27, 2007

Dell isn’t resting on its recent consumer Linux PC laurels. The computing giant has added a new laptop — the Inspiron 1420 Notebook — to its Ubuntu Linux 7.04 offering. It is also replacing the Dimension E520 desktop with the new, low-priced Inspiron 530.

The new Inspiron 1420N is powered by a 1.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5250 processor. This chip set also comes with a 667MHz FSB (front-side bus) and a 2MB cache. If you want a faster processor, Dell will let you upgrade it to a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 with an 800MHz FSB and a 4MB cache.”

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Google Turns Its Hardware Manufacturing Over To Dell

June 22, 2007

“Google, long rumored to be getting into the hardware business, has finally gotten out of it, as least as a manufacturer. While whispers about a Google phone, Google chips, and Google PCs continue to tantalize consumers, the search company said on Thursday that it had recently partnered with Dell to manufacture the Google Search Appliance (GSA), fulfilling a deal disclosed last summer.

Dell began trumpeting Google as a customer several weeks ago with an ad campaign aimed at business customers.

Up until late last year, Google assembled its high-end enterprise search box on its own, from components supplied by a variety of white-box manufacturers. (The low-end Google Mini search box is currently manufactured by San Jose, Calif.-based Supermicro Computer Inc.)

“When the business was much smaller, it was an easy thing for us to do,” said Matthew Glotzbach, director of product management for Google Enterprise. “Google does a lot on the hardware side with our own data centers. So it wasn’t really much of a stretch to handle that sort of smaller operation.”

But Google had problems scaling. The Google Search Appliance proved to be quite popular and Google had to decide either to staff up and improve its manufacturing operation or look to a third-party.”

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Ubuntu From Dell – Home Only?

June 21, 2007

“According to a user on the Ubuntu Forums, it takes some creative lying to get your business a Linux box, and even then you won’t be able to put it on that corporate gold card in your pocket, “First, I talked to a small business representative, who informed me that I could not order one of the Ubuntu-based computers through the small business department. I had to go through the “home and home office” department.”

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Why The Dell/Ubuntu Deal Won’t Improve Linux’s Market Share

June 11, 2007

Over the past few weeks much has been written about Dell’s decision to offer desktop and notebook PCs that have the Ubuntu Linux distro installed on them as opposed to Windows. Dell offered this distro based on overwhelming levels of feedback from the IdeaStorm community. The community cried out for a Linux distro (Ubuntu in particular), Dell delivered. But despite the fact that this is a huge step towards making a Linux distro mainstream, I firmly believe this move won’t have any significant positive effect on the Linux market share. When you take a few steps back from the furor and zealotry and take a close look at what’s happened here, you will quickly start to see the cracks. One problem is that Dell appears to be under the misguided impression that listening to the IdeaStorm community is the same as listening to customers. It’s not. Anyone can register and become an instant member of the IdeaStorm community. What Dell listened to wasn’t a cross-section of customers, but rather a pressure group.

There are a series of other pressure groups in operation on IdeaStorm right now, people who are putting their own agendas on the table and expecting Dell to carry them out. Now that Dell gave in to the request to have a Linux distro and responded by picking Ubuntu, the focus has shifted to having OpenOffice or Firefox preinstalled, or to having a greater range of Linux distros. Dell’s going to have to draw a line under some of these requests and reject them, which is going to be unpopular and Dell will have to suffer the consequences.”

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Dell Denies LCD TV Departure

June 8, 2007

Late yesterday Reuters indicated Dell would exit the LCD television business. According to the early reports, the move would allow Dell to focus on its core competencies and less on diversifying.

Today, Dell representatives told reporters that while the company will make changes to its LCD TV line, it will be staying in the LCD TV market for the long haul.  Dell spokeswoman Rachel Lyon revealed that Dell will actually offer a larger selection of screens.

“We will soon offer a wider assortment of televisions from leading manufacturers that feature the latest technology and meet Dell’s high standards for performance,” said Lyon.”

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Dell Leaves LCD TV Business

June 7, 2007

“Do you own a Dell LCD TV? No. Exactly. That’s why Dell is pulling out of the LCD TV, instead focusing on what brought it to the dance in the first place. Dell, like many other non-traditional LCD brands, simply slapped its logo onto someone else TV and carried on from there. What was seen as a method to diversify the company is now looked at a waste of time a resources.”

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Dell, What Gives With Your New Ubuntu PCs?

June 7, 2007

I’ve got to say I’m quite disappointed in what I’ve been reading from the reviews (Inspiron E1505 N, XPS 410 N) out there. It appears that Dell’s new Ubuntu PCs are nothing more than pre-built desktops and laptops with no operating system in place. What’s more, the only thing owners get in the box to get them on their way is an Ubuntu Install CD with a Dell EULA agreement (screenshot) added at the start. That’s pathetic!!! How’s that for a first time user experience (especially for those with no Linux experience)?”

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Dell XPS m1330 Performance Ultraportable Revealed

June 4, 2007

“13.3-inch screen, configurable with LED backlight! (300cd/m2, or 220 with CCFL backlight)

  • Core 2 Duo processor (up to 2.4GHz), Santa Rosa chipset (965PM/GM)
  • Up to 4GB DDR2 SDRAM
  • 32GB SSD drive or spinning-platter drive options up to 250GB
  • Slot-loading dual-layer DVD±RW drive!
  • Optional NVIDIA GeForce Go 8400M GS / 128MB”

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Wal-Mart To Sell Dell Desktops In June

May 24, 2007

Wal-Mart Stores on Thursday said it would sell Dell desktops in stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, beginning next month.The world’s largest retailer said it would offer several models built exclusively for Wal-Mart. One would be a Dell Dimension Multimedia Desktop, which would be available at all 3,400 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores in the United States and Puerto Rico.

A second model, which would be announced later, would be sold at 3,000 stores. Both models would be available June 10, and would sell for less than $700. At the same time, Wal-Mart would carry different exclusive models in Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores in Canada.

The companies said they would evaluate sales and “make changes accordingly in distribution or product based on consumer feedback and purchase response, already anticipated to be high.”

Wal-Mart said this month that it planned to expand its electronic offerings in stores. “Dell is a proven electronics brand and adds a new compliment to our other high quality desktop selections,” the retailer said in a statement.”

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Google Turns The Page… In A Bad Way

May 23, 2007

“This is a long post but it’s worth the read. In short, Google and Dell have teamed up to install some software on Dell computers that borders on being spyware. I say spyware because it’s hard to figure out what it is and is even harder to remove. It also breaks all kinds of OpenDNS functionality. At the end, I’ll tell you what we’re doing about it.About a year ago Google and Dell announced a partnership to include the Google Toolbar on new Dell computers. At the same time, Google was trying to convince the Department of Justice that changing the default search engine in the (then) new IE7 was too difficult (when in reality it’s really simple). Installing the toolbar meant that users would have Google as their default search engine in IE7. It also meant that Dell and Google would share some of the revenue from the advertising clicks that resulted from these installations, much like The Mozilla Foundation does with its Firefox browser.”

“This page isn’t being shown to Dell owners just because they have the Google Toolbar. In fact, uninstalling the Google Toolbar won’t get rid of it. Dell and Google are now installing a second program on computers that intercepts all sorts of queries that the browser would normally try to resolve. This program has no clear name and is very hard to uninstall. In some circles, people would call this spyware.”

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