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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RE: A good call.
by merkoth on Thu 21st May 2009 03:28 UTC in reply to "A good call."
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(...)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.

On the other hand, it's a good thing that they keep working on not-so-stable stuff so, in a few years, Dell can update their OEM Ubuntu to something newer but already solid. Getting the distro in the hands of we geeks is a good way to bring it to the real world without pissing off customers. If you don't want to "beta test" then... keep using a LTS release ;)

Dell probably has a long way to go with their Linux deployments, but at least they're trying and getting better at it.

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