Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st May 2007 13:08 UTC, submitted by Jack
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu After yesterday's unconfirmed rumour about Ubuntu being pre-installed on Dell machines, it has now become official. In a joint statement released today, Dell and Canonical announced that Dell will now offer laptops and desktop computers pre-installed with Ubuntu Linux 7.04. The computers will be sold via Dell's web site, said Canonical's director of operations Jane Silber. "We have worked with Dell to get Ubuntu fully supported and fully certified on Dell hardware," she said. "Ubuntu has the full endorsement of Dell." Update: Ubuntu Linux 7.04 Feisty Fawn review by Extremetech.
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RE: Just to make it official
by REM2000 on Tue 1st May 2007 14:07 UTC in reply to "Just to make it official"
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i agree, now that the biggest supplier of desktop computers has choosen to supply Linux (ubuntu) surely this heralds the year that linux finally broke into the desktop market in a big way.

Im please with this news as competition helps the consumer and forces companies to start innovating again.

I would also like to see more hardware in PCworld certified for linux (perhaps not all, but the major distros such as ubuntu, redhat (fedora) and suse).

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superstoned Member since:

well, HP just became larger than DELL, but HP's linux support has always been better than DELL's, so that doesn't change the fact this is a great thing ;)

I wish they would offer Kubuntu, though, as it's easier for ex-windows-users to get used to, and more efficient in use (if you're a moderate-or-more user, let's say more than 2 hours a day).

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hibridmatthias Member since:

Superstoned may be an apropo name...

HPs support for linux is horrible as a desktop. Their website first said their nx6325 (and other machines) would be available with Linux installed, then they said they were compatible; I bought one, and the damn wireless card and ATI card still aren't supported well. Not that I am afraid of hacking to get stuff working, but their support for LINUX is ATROCIOUS!!

I called to order it and they acted as if they have never heard of Linux before.

There were also BIOS/fan issues that caused their NX6325 to overheat up! I know! It happened to me! They did set rebuild the machine, update the BIOS,and send it back free so that the problem didnt happen again, but THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED IN THE FIRST PLACE, especially WHEN YOU ARE RELEASING A PRESS STATEMENT SAYING THAT YOU ARE SELLING LINUX COMPATABLE MACHINES!

HP. I love their hardware, but their support for desktop Linux users is pathetic.

Edited 2007-05-01 16:00

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superstoned Member since:

there are clearly differences between departments within HP, in regard to Linux support. Their printers are top-notch, and they've been supporting linux on servers for quite some time. I dunno much about the desktop, but clearly, it leaves room for improvement ;-)

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stestagg Member since:

Unfortunately, for most normal people, KDE just looks too horrible OOTB to be taken seriously. The benefit of Gnome is that it looks much more professionally designed.

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superstoned Member since:

luckily, for most normal people, KDE looks a bit more like a modern Windows than gnome, and doesn't have the depressing colors. Gnome just has bigger buttons which use more space.

My point is - looks don't matter, and even if they did - it'd be pro KDE. It's way too personal anyway. Most ppl I see don't like the gnome look (depressing, they say).

Personally, I like the orange Ubuntu look better than the Kubuntu look, though the latter is much more usefull on a small laptop screen (Gnome can barely fit 3 buttons in there).

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RE[2]: Just to make it official
by rm6990 on Wed 2nd May 2007 01:23 in reply to "RE: Just to make it official"
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i agree, now that the biggest supplier of desktop computers has choosen to supply Linux (ubuntu) surely this heralds the year that linux finally broke into the desktop market in a big way.

Dell is no longer the top seller of computers. HP snatched that spot away a while ago. They are still #2 though.

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