Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jul 2007 22:06 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Dell is getting ready to launch systems with Ubuntu Linux, but is not yet releasing details of the final specifications. However, the company did say on Friday that as well as a consumer version of Ubuntu, it had plans to launch a small-business version 'in the future'. After some confusion over Dell's Linux strategy, the company said it felt the need to clarify things. "I wanted to be clear that Dell does have plans to offer Linux to more consumers in additional locations outside the United States," said Dell's Lionel Menchaca, digital media manager.
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Nice one.
by SReilly on Mon 9th Jul 2007 22:33 UTC
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About time!

Frankly, this is a no-brainer. Desktop Linux is very popular in Europe and if I'm not mistaken, more so than in the US. Makes sense for the Asian market too.

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RE: Nice one.
by flanque on Tue 10th Jul 2007 02:56 UTC in reply to "Nice one."
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The only problem I have with the way they're doing it is that they're only providing one distribution. Yes, this makes sense under one light, but under another why not give people what Linux is truly about and that is choice.

It is likely to give the unknowing an expectation that Linux is Ubuntu, which is certainly not the case.

For instance, many would argue that SUSE is definitely a better if not equal choice for this sort of offering.

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RE[2]: Nice one.
by Redeeman on Tue 10th Jul 2007 03:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Nice one."
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2006-03-23

or why not choose the best way and sell laptops without an OS, but known to not contain shitty hardware for which no specifications have been published, or code released?

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RE[3]: Nice one.
by smitty on Tue 10th Jul 2007 03:04 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Nice one."
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They've been doing that for a long time.

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RE[3]: Nice one.
by Unkemptwolf on Tue 10th Jul 2007 11:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Nice one."
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2006-04-06

How about an even better way. They pick laptops that contain compatible hardware, and then sell them with the one of the most popular desktop distros. Then, those who don't want that one can reformat it and put something else on there anyway, same as they would do with a blank laptop.

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RE[3]: Nice one.
by ecko on Tue 10th Jul 2007 12:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Nice one."
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2005-07-08

Or just pick the most popular one. Whether or not Ubuntu is your choice distribution or not is meaningless. The differences between SUSE and Ubuntu are negligible to end users and by standardizing dell makes it easier for customers and their own support staff.

Is it really that hard to install suse if you really want it? Give me a break...

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RE: Nice one.
by anda_skoa on Tue 10th Jul 2007 11:09 UTC in reply to "Nice one."
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Frankly, this is a no-brainer. Desktop Linux is very popular in Europe and if I'm not mistaken, more so than in the US.


True!

But it is also a kind of no-brainer that the European market is a bit more complex. Aside form different languages there are different often different laws, e.g. consumer protection laws, etc.

Dell is also not the only party involved as they have Canonical as its software support parnter and this other company would then also need to be able to provide the necessary staff and infrastructure.

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Canada
by ubit on Mon 9th Jul 2007 23:01 UTC
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I hope they mean Canada too (sorry for the short post). Right now only System76 ships here and I'd like to compare on prices.

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RE: Canada
by archiesteel on Mon 9th Jul 2007 23:39 UTC in reply to "Canada"
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2005-07-02

Same here. I would have bought one from the US, but I really want my french canadian keyboard. It's not as if I *need* a new laptop just yet (nor an EeePC...then again..), but as soon as they're available in Canada I'm ordering one.

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Dell and Linux
by another2 on Mon 9th Jul 2007 23:19 UTC
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I appreciate that Dells trying to support Linux but, I ended up buying a Inspiron 1420N with Windows since it was around $150 less than the Ubuntu version. I hope that its just a fluke with there pricing. There Linux desktops are def a good purchase though.

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RE: Dell and Linux
by shykid on Tue 10th Jul 2007 01:40 UTC in reply to "Dell and Linux"
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2007-02-22

I wish Dell would apply the deep coupon-code discounts they have in cataloges and sales papers to the Ubuntu systems too, specifically the laptops (since I usually just build my own desktops). The coupon-code discounts plus $50 off for the Windows "tax" would make for some very tantalizingly low prices.

I saw a US$649 Core Duo(!) Dell laptop in the Sunday paper. It had a gig of RAM (upgradable to 2) and a 100 gig HD. Don't know which exact model, but it was an Inspiron. Grabbing that for $599, one can only dream.

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RE[2]: Dell and Linux
by flanque on Tue 10th Jul 2007 03:12 UTC in reply to "RE: Dell and Linux"
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Grabbing that for $599, one can only dream.


Wait three months.

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RE: Dell and Linux
by kadymae on Tue 10th Jul 2007 13:31 UTC in reply to "Dell and Linux"
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2005-08-02

The $150 more price is not a fluke.

Dell is able to sell the windows version cheaper because they are paid to load it up with every bit of crap sofware under the sun. Seriously. I got a Inspiron 1405 last year so that I would have a home computer capable of syncing to my eBook and it took me about 45 minutes to decruft it.

With Linux, there is no crappy spyware to put on it to subsidize the price. Hence that difference comes out of your pocket.

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Netherlands: end of the year
by h3rman on Mon 9th Jul 2007 23:21 UTC
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Dell Netherlands told me: probably end of this year.
Given the fact that Linux isn't big in Holland, that provides hope for the rest of Europe. ;)

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RE: Netherlands: end of the year
by sbergman27 on Mon 9th Jul 2007 23:33 UTC in reply to "Netherlands: end of the year"
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"""
Given the fact that Linux isn't big in Holland,
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Yeah, I've heard that before. It surprises me because I would have expected you guys to be at the forefront of Linux use.

Edited 2007-07-09 23:34

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RE[2]: Netherlands: end of the year
by twenex on Tue 10th Jul 2007 15:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Netherlands: end of the year"
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Yeah, I've heard that before. It surprises me because I would have expected you guys to be at the forefront of Linux use.

Or maybe the unpopularity of Linux in the US (relative to ROW) can be explained by a secret black market of Dutch dope to people like tomcat ;-)

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lets just hope
by Redeeman on Mon 9th Jul 2007 23:47 UTC
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that they dont do the complete and utterly clueless things which i hear described about their linux offerings in USA, such as for example shipping widescreen laptop and putting it in a 4/3 resolution by default.

such stuff just shows that they are completely insane and dont care shit about it actually being a success.

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RE: lets just hope
by kaiwai on Tue 10th Jul 2007 00:28 UTC in reply to "lets just hope"
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2005-07-06

Its almost a certaintity they will do something like that.

We have people boinging around on pogo sticks all hyped over Linux on Dell, when quite frankly, I definately wouldn't be seeing Dell as the 'trojan horse' for Linux on the desktop as a good thing, given their lack of direction at the moment.

For me, Dell is lashing around trying to find somethign to repair their terrible image problem. The low qualty of components, their price cutting at all costs, their lack of localised support in favour of a call centre people who barely understand English.

Now, this isn't some sort of 'bring the call centre home' but if you are going to outsource your call centre (I can understand the logic behind it) make sure that firstly the call centre staff have a high level understanding of English, secondly that they can make decisions themselves rather than sifting it through 100s of levels worth of beaucracy, and thirdly, allow them to speak with their native accent - goodness gracious me, I would sooner have a strong bangalore accent than someone trying to put on a fake 'western' accent (primarily American, which is irrating to listen to for long periods of time).

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RE[2]: lets just hope
by shykid on Tue 10th Jul 2007 02:11 UTC in reply to "RE: lets just hope"
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Now, this isn't some sort of 'bring the call centre home' but if you are going to outsource your call centre (I can understand the logic behind it) make sure that firstly the call centre staff have a high level understanding of English, secondly that they can make decisions themselves rather than sifting it through 100s of levels worth of beaucracy.

Then running the call centers overseas would cost just as much as running them domestically. ;p

I'm lucky the last time I needed to call support was four or five years ago, but it was enough to make up for support calls for a long time to come.

I had some off-brand laptop I bought from Tiger Direct. Big mistake. I had an external 56k modem then, and the laptop's serial port decided to just randomly die. It was nothing to do with drivers--it was physically dead, so I was forced to call support.

I actually got a lady on the other end after listening to repetitive music with bullshit "We care about you" interludes. Two hours later. No lie. And it was in the middle of the day, not peak hours or anything. I was kind of hoping since I got a female, she'd be easier to understand than some raspy-voiced gent. I was wrong: she was very hard-to-understand. As if needing a translator to understand her wasn't enough, her monotone voice (obviously reading from a screen or cue cards) was so annoying.

She repeatedly instructed me to use the driver CD, and I could not get her to understand that it was a physical hardware problem. When the driver CD didn't work after a few tries (complete with reboots), she started telling me how to reboot Windows 2000 into Safe Mode. I figured, hey, after this she'll realize it's the hardware or something. First of all, the CD drive didn't even work in safe mode, and we wasted 15+ minutes arguing about what the problem really was and her trying in vain to get the CD-ROM to work in safe mode.

Then, out of the blue, she started calling the serial port the "Joystick" port (inconsistent instructing materials, I suppose). It confused me, and I figured she thought I was needing to install joystick drivers or something, so I told her I did not have a joystick. She said I did and kind of half-giggled. Telling her I was a flaming homosexual would be out of the question, poor woman wouldn't know what it meant.

In the end, I got nothing out of her. I wound up calling Tiger Direct directly (like I should have done in the first place), explaining the problem, and getting a replacement.

Blah, that was offtopic. I don't think Dell's support is that bad. Hopefully.

Edited 2007-07-10 02:30

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RE[3]: lets just hope
by DigitalAxis on Tue 10th Jul 2007 15:08 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: lets just hope"
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Maybe it took so long because they were trying to get everyone whose screens had failed to just load Windows XP in safe mode, already.

My experience with Dell's tech support hasn't been that bad. I've had to do silly things like verify the machine would not turn on, load a driver disk to verify the hard drive was dead, go into setup screen and WATCH the battery drop at 1% a second... but I think that's probably to make sure on THEIR end I really WAS right and the hardware was damaged; and that I hadn't just unplugged the computer or something.

Of course, it might be my patience, but the time it takes to get past the pleasantries is getting longer and longer.

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RE[2]: lets just hope
by wowmir on Tue 10th Jul 2007 17:33 UTC in reply to "RE: lets just hope"
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Hi there
great comment about ubuntu on Dell. Next time there is an article about running windows on Mac you can go on about Islamic jihad.

You wouldn't be modded down.

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RE: lets just hope
by smitty on Tue 10th Jul 2007 02:39 UTC in reply to "lets just hope"
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What they do is install a default Ubuntu install without any tweaks at all, so if Ubuntu recognizes the monitor it works, and if it doesn't then it won't. I'm pretty sure my laptop came 16:10 resolution by default, but I honestly don't remember - the 4/3 bug might be something that only affects Intel cards instead of NVidia.

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RE[2]: lets just hope
by ThawkTH on Tue 10th Jul 2007 03:11 UTC in reply to "RE: lets just hope"
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2005-07-06

Still, this is absolutely unnaceptable from any perspective.

You're damn sure that dell widescreen pc's have a 16:9 resolution by default when windows is in the picture.

Dell, we warned you not to screw this up. Mess up, and you're dead. Once the geeks turn on you, you don't have much time left. Most of us are already telling entire families and groups of friends never to even go near Dell.

Ah well...

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RE[3]: lets just hope
by sbergman27 on Tue 10th Jul 2007 04:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: lets just hope"
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Does anyone have a link to a reputable source confirming this aspect ratio issue? In the absence of hard evidence, I'm a bit skeptical.

If they are just doing a vanilla install and leaving it at that, the next question is "why"?

Wasn't there a question about how much customization we wanted done to the machines in that survey they did? How did we answer that question? Is this a case of "be careful what you ask for because you might get it"?

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RE[4]: lets just hope
by Flatland_Spider on Tue 10th Jul 2007 13:22 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: lets just hope"
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The why is that they have a bucket of hard drives with a generic image that they just plug in and go.

They build to order which translates into they don't have any shelf stock, so they run the assembly line at full throttle. Little things like consistent builds between PCs in a bulk order and OS tweaks that aren't making them money go out the window.

It's not making them money and it's easy enough to change the resolution, so no problem in their eyes.

They may fix that in a new image, but at the moment it's a quirk.

Also, please note I'm not authoritative on the subject.

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RE[5]: lets just hope
by james_parker on Tue 10th Jul 2007 22:25 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: lets just hope"
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2005-06-29

That's partly right, but it isn't as hard as suggested.

First, Dell supports a very small number of distinct laptops, and the display dimensions are fixed, not an option. Having one bulk disk per display dimension/disk size would not add significant complexity.

Second, if the screen dimensions available can be determined at runtime (e.g., via a BIOS check), a one-time shell script could be automatically executed on first power-up (which might even be in the factory) which detects and sets the default screen display.

Third, even if that is not an option, the first customer startup might include a "grandmother friendly" script or program that includes a "tell me what your screen looks like" question (with pictures and radio buttons) that then triggers the correct setting.

Any of these would be nearly free (small fixed cost and no incremental cost) for Dell, and improve their image to their customers.

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RE[4]: lets just hope
by archiesteel on Tue 10th Jul 2007 14:01 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: lets just hope"
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As far as I know, this does not affect the laptop's main screen, but only if you connect an external widescreen LCD monitor.

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RE[5]: lets just hope
by sbergman27 on Tue 10th Jul 2007 20:16 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: lets just hope"
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Well, while that is still not optimal, it certainly throws a different light on the *severity* of the issue.

So basically, one person throws a half truth into the water and a Dell feeding frenzy ensues.

I actually feel sorry for Dell if the customers they are trying to satisfy all have such a vindictive attitude.

And while I'm posting, I'll mention that anyone who thinks that the Linux preinstalls are intended to improve Dell's image have been spending *way* too much time hanging out with the choir. (Or are just using this as an excuse to bash both Linux and/or Dell.)

I'm as big a Linux fan as there is, but I have enough of a grip on reality to realize that the majority of people either don't know about it, or don't care about OSes. Preinstalled Linux is hardly the sort of PR life preserver that some people around here are making it out to be. Give Dell some credit for actually listening to their customers this time. They've been doing Linux servers for a long time because they listened, and you can bet that this preinstalled consumer Linux thing is straining their relations with... a certain major OS provider.

I dislike corps as much as anyone. But sheesh! Give them some credit when they *do* decide to do the right thing.

This post is not directed at you, Archiesteel. Just general frustration with the fickleness of the community, sometimes.

We whine and complain because they ignore us, and then when they try to rectify the situation we spit in their faces. That attitude is *not* going to help Linux or FOSS. Not one damned bit.

Edit: That all probably comes off more harshly than is best, but that's my state of mind today.

Edited 2007-07-10 20:32

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RE[6]: lets just hope
by archiesteel on Tue 10th Jul 2007 20:33 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: lets just hope"
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This post is not directed at you, Archiesteel.


No offense taken. :-)

I do agree with you that some posts here seem unnecessarily hostile (and perhaps not completely honest) towards Dell. The widescreen bug doesn't reflect particularly well on Dell, but considering how *quickly* they put out their line of Ubuntu-based PCs, such glitches are hardly unexpected. The real will be how promptly they fix such minor (but annoying) bugs.

In the meantime, they should still be commended for offering consumer-ready Linux machines.

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RE[7]: lets just hope
by sbergman27 on Tue 10th Jul 2007 21:47 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: lets just hope"
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One of my customers just got 2 laptops with Ubuntu from System76 with intel graphics. I might have an opportunity to test one of those on a 10:8 external monitor to see how a more home grown vendor compares.

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Meanwhile in the US...
by DigitalAxis on Tue 10th Jul 2007 00:43 UTC
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Dell's got some new advertising gimmick offering their new laptops in several trendy colors... Well, those features have made it to their Linux offerings. (Just think! An Espresso Brown Ubuntu notebook!)

On one hand, they're probably saving money by offering the same hardware; on the other at least they're not leaving the Linux laptops behind (though neither of them offer a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo... sigh)

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RE: Meanwhile in the US...
by Flatland_Spider on Tue 10th Jul 2007 13:31 UTC in reply to "Meanwhile in the US..."
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(Just think! An Espresso Brown Ubuntu notebook!)


Brown default Ubuntu theme on a Brown laptop! It would be a brilliant promotion of Linux on Dells!

I don't know why they aren't jumping on this.

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Never mind...
by brostenen on Tue 10th Jul 2007 01:34 UTC
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If I wanted a dell, then i would have bought it..
I ended up with my hp-laptop.
Well.... If U want to know, it's dualbooting with eighter linux (ubuntu 7.04) or xp-home... My choice.

Then... If i really, really wanted that dell.
I could have getten my money back for the windows..

Eighter way... It dos not matter wether its preinstalled with windows or linux... Just get you'r money back, and then install any linux U want.... Simple??

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For redeman..
by brostenen on Tue 10th Jul 2007 01:37 UTC
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"sudo apt-get install 915-resolution"

How hard can that be??

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RE: For redeman..
by Redeeman on Tue 10th Jul 2007 02:04 UTC in reply to "For redeman.."
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you misunderstand me, im not saying its hard, im saying its unacceptable on a _PREINSTALLED_ system.

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RE[2]: For redeman..
by shykid on Tue 10th Jul 2007 03:43 UTC in reply to "RE: For redeman.."
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2007-02-22

Honestly, I'd rather not have Ubuntu preinstalled on a big-name PC if all of the hardware doesn't work out correctly of the box. I, for one, would rather not have the Ubuntu Dells ship outside of the United States (or even in the US, really) until they fix everything so it's on-par their Windows systems.

The display problem ridiculously easy to fix if you know how to do it, just like the poster above you pointed out. That makes it much worse in my eyes. It doesn't just make Dell look bad, it makes Ubuntu and Linux in general look bad. If Dell was feeling lazy, they should have just gone with (open)SuSE because SaX2 has much better display autoconfiguration and SuSE comes with proprietary codecs.

Almost anybody who wants a Dell Ubuntu system can get a free CD and install it themselves. And that's the beauty of it and Dell's chance to shine: Dell could preconfigure all of the hardware and preinstall the needed proprietary media codecs and browser plugins. Then Dellbuntus would be an extremely attractive proposition to those who can (and have) installed Ubuntu but can't get it to work quite right.

All of this isn't hard to do; even I could do it with little effort. Just set Ubuntu up on one Dell system and burn an image of the hard drive and deploy it on the others. It's not laborious or expensive to make configured hard drive images for each model.

All of this tells me Dell is only in this Linux thing to improve their image. And it makes me wonder if Dell chose the distro it did because "Ubuntu" has more buzz-wordiness than SuSE, Mandriva, or PCLinuxOS.

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RE[3]: For redeman..
by smitty on Tue 10th Jul 2007 04:22 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: For redeman.."
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All of this tells me Dell is only in this Linux thing to improve their image. And it makes me wonder if Dell chose the distro it did because "Ubuntu" has more buzz-wordiness than SuSE, Mandriva, or PCLinuxOS.

Well, I always took that much as a given. I don't hold it against them, though, we should look at their actions not just their intentions. I do think they're expanding their Linux offerings now because they've actually been pleasantly surprised by their sales, but originally it was all about PR. That's one of the reasons I can forgive them for not making things perfect right away on their first try. If things haven't improved by Christmas, then I'll be disappointed. Of course, if Dell stops selling Linux altogether, as some people seem to wish, I'd be even more disappointed.

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RE: For redeman..
by anonymous_coward on Tue 10th Jul 2007 15:38 UTC in reply to "For redeman.."
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2005-11-15

"sudo apt-get install 915-resolution"

How hard can that be??


Yuck. This is sooo yesterdaaayyyy... ;-) Intel drivers support modesetting:
http://xorg.freedesktop.org/wiki/ModeSetting
http://xorg.freedesktop.org/wiki/IntelGraphicsDriver

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RE[2]: For redeman..
by brostenen on Tue 10th Jul 2007 21:35 UTC in reply to "RE: For redeman.."
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I have a hp pavillion 6101ea laptop, installed with ubuntu 7.04.
That was still the way for me, to install widescreen resolution.

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RE[3]: For redeman..
by anonymous_coward on Wed 11th Jul 2007 18:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: For redeman.."
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I have a hp pavillion 6101ea laptop, installed with ubuntu 7.04.

That's because you use old X.Org X11 packages. I did not have a problem with Fedora 7 and hp nx7300 (correct widescreen resolution was picked up automatically).

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RE: For redeman..
by cmost on Tue 10th Jul 2007 18:34 UTC in reply to "For redeman.."
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2006-07-16

Sit your granny down in front of that computer, or any competent Windows user for that matter, and repeat what you just typed. After you get the dear-in-headlights look for five minutes, then maybe you'll understand why this stuff should be setup already on a pre-installed machine. It's unacceptable for newbies or anyone purchasing a pre-installed environment to resort to the command line or even Synaptic to fetch additional device drivers.

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Shykid...
by brostenen on Tue 10th Jul 2007 01:43 UTC
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I am from denmark... What is that coupon-thing??
Some sort of computer-IT-something just like food stamps or am i totally without any clue??

Edited 2007-07-10 01:45

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RE: Shykid...
by shykid on Tue 10th Jul 2007 01:51 UTC in reply to "Shykid..."
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2007-02-22

Here in the US, Dell runs ads in newspapers, magazines, and other print. These ads have a "coupon code" you can use at Dell.com to buy a certain computer with a reasonably good discount.

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RE: Shykid...
by Flatland_Spider on Tue 10th Jul 2007 13:36 UTC in reply to "Shykid..."
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It's a discount.
It's usually money off or something cheap for free, like a 64MB flash drive or a t-shirt.

So yeah I guess it is kind of like food stamps except the corporations subsidizes them rather then the government.

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Digital axes
by brostenen on Tue 10th Jul 2007 01:53 UTC
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Yeahh... They are trying to sell them too here in denmark.
I have seen ad's wich states "choose your own hot colour for the year" or something.

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Shykid
by brostenen on Tue 10th Jul 2007 01:55 UTC
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Why??? Isn't that like saying... Well this guy are my "buddy" he can have it cheaper!!!
Here in denmark, the price is the same, no matter who u are. Well differs from each shop of course.

Edited 2007-07-10 01:57

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RE: Shykid
by archiesteel on Tue 10th Jul 2007 02:40 UTC in reply to "Shykid"
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You know you can reply directly to a message by hitting the "Reply" link underneath it, right? It makes it easier to follow discussions...

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Redeman
by brostenen on Tue 10th Jul 2007 02:07 UTC
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Well not in denmark.. Danes don't read manuals or call hotlines.. They talk with the computer genie at work, in the family or google their computer problems away...
Manuals are for the fireplace, and nothing more.

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RE: Redeman
by BluenoseJake on Tue 10th Jul 2007 12:53 UTC in reply to "Redeman"
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"Manuals are for the fireplace, and nothing more."

That seems a bit short sighted, manuals are handy things to have. Everybody has a friendly neighborhood geek, but it's never wise to just toss manuals

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RE[2]: Redeman
by Flatland_Spider on Tue 10th Jul 2007 13:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Redeman"
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They are handy, and save people lots of time especially when the manual has the serial code on it. >__>

I haven't seen a manual for a Dell in a long time. They have the warranty, the setup instructions, you know the giant poster that says plug blue A into blue B before doing C, and various packing materials. They don't have anything I would call a manual.

He would have a very small fire unless he gets lots of Dells. ;)

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RE[2]: Redeman
by brostenen on Tue 10th Jul 2007 21:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Redeman"
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Well..
None that I know about, have ever read any manuals.
That include manuals for microwave-ovens, and vcr's too.

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RE: Redeman
by fretinator on Tue 10th Jul 2007 14:12 UTC in reply to "Redeman"
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Manuals are for the fireplace, and nothing more.


An thus the popular phrase "BTFM"

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Shykid.
by brostenen on Tue 10th Jul 2007 02:17 UTC
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Ufff...
Not a nice support, or should i say support at all..
When i worked as an it-supporter, and i could not fix the problem in under 30 minnutes. Then i would ask them to bring the computer in for an examination...
Then if the hardware was truely dead, the customer would get the fix, and new hardware for free..
And that with a totally 2 year warranty, if the hardware was visually intact. Or of course, if it was defective by a lightning-strike.. Makes a computer look funny Yeahhh.. LOL

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Linux and a simple function
by hraq on Tue 10th Jul 2007 04:33 UTC
hraq
Member since:
2005-07-06

Burning CD/DVD used to last just 3 months on my hardware with windows XP/Vista/2000/2003; while with RHEL/CentOS/ubuntu it reached 3 years without a sinle glitch with the use of the same hardware and (guess what? the same software as well; because I used neroLinux on linux and Nero 6-7.x.x for windows).

This alone amazed me as I am a heavy archiever and need to build up a lot of backups on optical disks.

On vista with nero, 1GB is totally eaten up for building cache of the network share I need to burn (around 4.4GB); while on ubuntu it shows that It used the whole cache but on the background the system was responsive with 10 applications running (2 server application).

It is really a blessing to use a stable OS like ubuntu. and always remember the total quality of experience is the sum of software quality and hardware quality.

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Finally!
by Darkelve on Tue 10th Jul 2007 06:19 UTC
Darkelve
Member since:
2006-02-06

I was considering a nice new laptop anyway.

Darkelve, from Belgium (Europe)

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Dell Linux
by islander on Tue 10th Jul 2007 12:32 UTC
islander
Member since:
2007-04-11

I would like to see the dell initiative succeed but when will Dell :

Release current sales figures of Dell/Ubuntu pcs?

I wonder if those are not as good as they hoped if they will bail or switch to another distro.

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I don't understand.
by moondevil on Tue 10th Jul 2007 12:57 UTC
moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

I really don't care about Dell in Europe.

Most countries where I lived, there is hardly a strong Dell present.

Most of the people end up buying the computers on the shops by OEM local brands, or on the shops. Not the buy over the web model that Dell has.

I hope that Dell's support to Linux brings more visibility to it. But getting a Dell in Europe? I won't even bother to look for them.

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Give them a chance...
by apoclypse on Tue 10th Jul 2007 13:02 UTC
apoclypse
Member since:
2007-02-17

Some of you guys are criticizing Dell for some of the bugs that are currently present in Ubuntu. GIve them a chance, the decision to install linux by default on dell systems was fairly recent, they went with the most popular distro, Ubuntu. Canonical works with many companies to make custom builds of Debian (now, they make custom builds of ubuntu, which is almost the same). Chances are that Canonical are working on build of Ubuntu that will be better suited to dell's needs. It's up to Dell to add support for codec's and such which they have to pay for. This started as a cheap PR move and now that they see some actual interest they will expand on their offering adding services

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I'd buy one ...
by tomcat on Tue 10th Jul 2007 20:40 UTC
tomcat
Member since:
2006-01-06

... but I don't want to pay the Linux tax.

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RE: I'd buy one ...
by brostenen on Tue 10th Jul 2007 21:37 UTC in reply to "I'd buy one ..."
brostenen Member since:
2007-01-16

That's what i have said early... Just buy that laptop, with windows, and get you'r money back... It's the way to go..
Else u have to find any local dealer, wich sells computers without any os. There are plenty of dealers, out there.

Edited 2007-07-10 21:38

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apples are almost free you know
by srhardy on Wed 11th Jul 2007 09:57 UTC
srhardy
Member since:
2007-07-11

I used to want dell to sell pc's with linux so i could then go warz for free another wellknown os for free - but then MS sprung VISTA on me & i am ready to go live in a brave new world of *nix! Now i have Vista on a new dell laptop, being shipped down under as i type but its getting a dual boot of opensuse when it does (all my hardware works out of the box unlike ubuntu that dosent like the modems on laptops). But come KDE4 i think i will just do a virtual boot of VISTA... MS should be worried but the fact is i prefere XP than Vista by a factor of 10!! Now i dont need MS for an OS or Office thats got to be hurting them but its just part of the 'product cycle' that they need to have planned for.

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Asia
by microFawad on Wed 11th Jul 2007 21:06 UTC
microFawad
Member since:
2005-12-09

Oh come on, I need it in Asia!
I know Europeans and Asians are more interested in Linux than Americans and I think everyone know the reason for it...

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