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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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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