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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Do it right then...
by risbac on Wed 20th May 2009 22:07 UTC
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It makes sense to stick to an LTS to me, especially when you sell the netbook to professional users. Then the idea to backport some important updates from the newest version sounds like a good idea ... if you do it right!

However Dell made some mistakes while doing so. They updated Network Manager to the 0.7 version in their repository (hosted by Canonical). But they forgot to update the VPN plugins... So if you have to use it for a professional use with a VPN, you are just in troubles. It requires to uninstall Network Manager, reinstall the previous version, and lock it.

I really applause the support for Ubuntu on their netbooks. But they should be careful when building their own repositories. They chose this policy to keep the netbook stable, but in this situation, it's the opposite! So currently, instead of keeping the 8.04 "Dell" version, we are installing a NBR 9.04... I trust Ubuntu public repositories more than the Dell's one now. They still have to learn about how to manage a distro apparently.

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