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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A good call.
by Howie S on Thu 21st May 2009 03:12 UTC
Howie S
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2005-07-14

Without having seen Dell's actual factory-installed product, I'd have to say their choice to stick with 8.04 is the absolutely right call. It just makes sense. 8.04 will be supported up until 11.04 rolls out (yes, that's right, April of 2011.) As well, it's always risky jumping on the latest Ubuntu release before it's had time to get all the bugs worked out of it. Good on Dell for choosing stability over 'freshness'. Now, if only Ubuntu themselves would take a similarly conservative approach to their new releases, opting for quality and stability over release numbers... like that will ever happen.

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