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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No explaination necessary
by cmost on Thu 21st May 2009 17:57 UTC
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I don't know why Dell felt the need to clarify its reasoning for sticking with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS instead of jumping to the newer Ubuntu 9.04. Ubuntu 8.04 as the Long Term Support version of Ubuntu is the natural choice for OEMs choosing to supply Ubuntu Linux. Factor in the well documented video regressions and other issues reported with Ubuntu 9.04, it's no wonder Dell decided to stick with the tried and true. I don't understand why people are having such a problem with this! The newest is not necessarily the best. Anyone familiar with Debian will agree (Stable is always preferred over Testing or Unstable for mission critical scenarios.) It's a relatively simple matter for advanced users to upgrade to the latest Ubuntu version (or even another distribution altogether) should a user choose to go that route on his or her own.

Edited 2009-05-21 18:01 UTC

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