Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th May 2009 20:59 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu When Dell announced a shift in its Linux strategy last week, accompanied by a new netbook, many wondered why Dell insisted on pre-loading Ubuntu 8.04, instead of newer versions of the popular Linux distribution such as 8.10 or 9.04. BetaNews contacted Dell about it, and Dell replied explaining their rationale behind opting for 8.04.
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Good choice
by vivainio on Wed 20th May 2009 21:54 UTC
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Frankly, I would have done the same thing. 8.10 and 9.04 have seen extensive changes to (evdev, Intel driver breakage), while 8.04 was a bit more "proven" technology in this regard.

A truly conservative choice would be preferring KDE to Gnome - 8.04 has the "end of the read" KDE 3.10, i.e. it just won't get any more stable than that. Gnome experience on 8.04 is pretty bad; I'm using my own xmodmap, and I'm just plain and simple unable to type *anything* on gedit & likes.

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