Archive for the ‘Ubuntu’ 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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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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Shuttleworth Denies Ubuntu-Microsoft Deal

June 19, 2007

“The head of Ubuntu says his company isn’t interested in forming a deal with Microsoft along the lines of those recently reached by Linspire, Xandros, and Novell.

Canonical chief executive Mark Shuttleworth has made it clear that Ubuntu isn’t interested in forming a deal with Microsoft along the lines of those recently reached by Linspire, Xandros and Novell.

“We have declined to discuss any agreement with Microsoft under the threat of unspecified patent infringements,” Shuttleworth said in a blog post on Saturday.

His remarks follow speculation in the press that, following Linspire’s agreement with Microsoft last week, Linspire partner Ubuntu might follow suit.”

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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, 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’s Ubuntu 7.04 Offering – Technical Details

May 21, 2007

“Before we announce the availability of Ubuntu 7.04 on select Dell client systems, I’d like to give an overview of what customers can expect from our initial Ubuntu offering.

Availabile Software and Hardware

  • The default software from the Ubuntu media will be installed on the system, including kernel and applications.
  • The peripheral options offered with Ubuntu will be a subset of what is offered with other operating systems. We’re offering the hardware options on each system that have the most mature and stable Linux driver support. These hardware options have been thoroughly tested by the Linux team here at Dell.
  • We configure/install open source drivers for hardware, when possible.
  • We use partial open-source or closed source (“restricted” in Ubuntu terms) drivers where there is no equivalent open-source driver. This includes Intel wireless cards and Conexant modems.
  • We will have a wiki page on our linux.dell.com website that gives technical details of the supported systems, information on the device drivers used for system peripherals, details of our Ubuntu factory-installation, and information on the problems we found during our testing, with their fixes/workarounds.
  • We recommend Linux users buy Dell printers that have PostScript engines in them. The previous hyperlink lists those printers. You can also check in the Tech Specs tab for each printer on Dell.com show if it has PostScript or not.

Software and Hardware Not Offered

  • For hardware options not offered with this release, we are working with the vendors of those devices to improve the maturity and stability of their associated Linux drivers. While this may not happen overnight, we do expect to have a broader range of hardware support with Linux over time.
  • At this time, we are not including any support for proprietary audio or video codecs that are not already distributed with Ubuntu 7.04. These include MPEG 1/2/3/4, WMA, WMV, DVD, Quicktime, etc. We are evaluating options for providing this support in the future.”

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Official Date For Ubuntu Linux On Dell PCs

May 18, 2007

“I just got the following email forwarded to me by a Dell employee:We will be launching a Linux based OS (Ubuntu) on the E520, 1505 and XPS 410 starting next Thursday, 5/24. We expect these systems to be less than 1% of our OS mix for the entire year which is ~20,000 systems annually. Please cover the huddle deck below with your team by EOB Sunday. If any questions come up, please let me know so I can address them before launch.

The goal of launching Linux is to continue to give our customers more choices to customize their new Dell. Providing more options to our Linux Enthusiast customer group will hopefully create even more Raving Fans!!”

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Dell + Linux = ?

May 2, 2007

I think it’ll be good for those that know what they’re getting, but a major headache for those that don’t.  The first time the unwise purchaser tries installing that Disney game for little Johnny she got at Walmart, and finds out she can’t return it because it’s been opened, she’s not going to be happy.

I do however, love the Dell recommendation right above the image. 😉


Link to it on Dell’s website