Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Nov 2008 18:45 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "The Ubuntu developers have announced the availability of Ubuntu 9.04 alpha 1, the first prerelease for this version. Ubuntu 9.04 is codenamed Jaunty Jackalope and is scheduled for official release in April. The initial plans for Jaunty were published in September, prior to the release of Ubuntu 8.10. Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth aims to boost the software experience and make the popular Linux distribution more competitive with Windows and Mac OS X on the desktop. Canonical intends to push the platform into the mainstream by putting its resources into upstream usability improvements. In addition to the ongoing long-term usability enhancement efforts, Canonical and the Ubuntu development community are focusing on several specific technical goals for 9.04, including improving performance and boot time and integrating web services more tightly with the desktop."
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RE[4]: Canonical..
by lemur2 on Wed 26th Nov 2008 04:09 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Canonical.."
lemur2
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I don't want to give Microsoft credit for the sale if all I'm going to do is wipe it and put Linux on it. The point is, you have to buy XP if you want decent hardware. I wonder why there is such a discrepancy. It seems to be contrived. Without doing some homework, I wouldn't assume all of the hardware will work, especially the wireless card and suspend mode. For 99% of what I do, I don't need Windows. In fact, for 99% of what I do, Windows gets in my way. Part of my motivation to not purchase Microsoft products is political. But, part of it is that I just don't need it.


Fair enough.

I thoroughly concur on your "it seems to be contrived" comment.

That certainly is the case here in Oz, where, despite the fact that dell does produce a Linux version of its Mini Inspiron, Dell Australia is studiously pretending (just as every other supplier) that there is no demand for Linux versions in Australia.

The fact that you can't buy a Linux version in the shops would be a huge part of the reason for that I'd wager. Talk about a self-fufilling prophecy.

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