Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st May 2007 23:32 UTC, submitted by SEJeff
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Dell has given an overview of what customers can expect from their initial Ubuntu offering. "The default software from the Ubuntu media will be installed on the system, including kernel and applications. The peripheral options offered with Ubuntu will be a subset of what is offered with other operating systems. We're offering the hardware options on each system that have the most mature and stable Linux driver support. These hardware options have been thoroughly tested by the Linux team here at Dell. We configure/install open source drivers for hardware, when possible. We use partial open-source or closed source ('restricted' in Ubuntu terms) drivers where there is no equivalent open-source driver. This includes Intel wireless cards and Conexant modems."
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Constantine XVI
Member since:
2006-11-02

Actually, the only major media WinXP doesn't play OOB is MP4-AAC, OGG and DVDs

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Bit_Rapist Member since:
2005-11-13

Actually, the only major media WinXP doesn't play OOB is MP4-AAC, OGG and DVDs

Windows also does not support DivX or any of the spinoffs of this codec.

I can buy DVD players at the store that support DivX so it appears to be mainstream.

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jimbee Member since:
2007-05-05

Actually, the only major media WinXP doesn't play OOB is MP4-AAC, OGG and DVDs

And Quicktime.
And Flash.
And ...

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Quake Member since:
2005-10-14

Basically, they only support THEIR formats (and mp3). And they have NO EASY way like Ubuntu to download other codecs required to play Quicktime, divx/Xvid... You'll have to go to the respective codecs website.

While with Ubuntu, it OFFERS you to download those required codecs with a simple dialog that lets you download the required codecs like Quicktime, mp3, divx...

so I think the Ubuntu way is easier.

Please I'm not saying that Ubuntu is absolutely newbie proof. I'm just saying that they are getting there.

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Bit_Rapist Member since:
2005-11-13

Basically, they only support THEIR formats (and mp3). And they have NO EASY way like Ubuntu to download other codecs required to play Quicktime, divx/Xvid... You'll have to go to the respective codecs website.

Amen brother.

As a user of both Ubuntu and Windows I feel that I had an easier time getting my codecs installed and working under ubuntu then I did under windows (back when I had no clue what codecs were etc.)

Getting all the needed codecs in place for the majority of popular media on windows is only easy if you've been there and you know exactly what you need to get.

at least with ubuntu you hit the forums and someone has a nice post with the proper apt-get commands you can just cust and paste.

With the new version of ubuntu its damn near idiot proof imho.

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