Linked by David Adams on Tue 15th Jun 2010 21:47 UTC, submitted by Anonymous Linux Fan
Linux Dell has posted a page extolling the virtues of Linux (Ubuntu in particular), with a quick explanation of what Linux is and how it compares against Windows. Of course, the page links off to Dell's various computers that ship with Linux pre-installed.
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I don't think it is more likely to break on update than any other hardware configuration.

If anything it is less likely as many Ubuntu developers and testers will be using the machine and if nothing else sending the bug reports down to people working upstream.

Dell is supporting the machines as they ship them, they cannot guarantee that nVidia or whatever other crap their customers choose to put into their configuration, will release a working driver for Ubuntu 11.10. Or that Ubuntu won't change the sound subsystem when the new one doesn't work or release a network manager that breaks the network, AGAIN.

They have also licensed a proprietary DVD player(the only legal way to watch DVDs in Linux) and other minor things. I doubt they got a license for "all future versions". If they updated to Karmic, they would need to pay real money again.

The version they are shipping is guaranteed to work. All concerns for security and obsolete software, are justified but the current state of patents, stupid licenses and paranoid hardware makers is not really Dell's fault. You are free to update to a version without many of the older flaws - at your own risk.

Maybe some people here are too young to remember, but most should remember when they tried updating their machines to W2000 or XP only to find out some OEM hardware driver was MIA or only for Windows 95. Or again when Vista came. Any version can be the last version, and Dell and co. can't rely on hw vendors because they are never trustworthy.

The solution is of course buying only documented hardware. Good luck with that. My DELL is pretty good in that respect, but I specifically opted out of the worst offenders.

Edited 2010-06-16 01:38 UTC

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