Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th May 2007 17:15 UTC, submitted by Dale Smoker
Hardware, Embedded Systems When Dell put up its IdeaStorm community-feedback site, the company was surprised by the strong response in favor of shipping personal computers with Linux. The PC company then announced that it would offer Ubuntu Linux on select systems, and as of yesterday, they are taking orders. Ubuntu Linux is now available on the XPS 410n high-end desktop system at USD 849 (compared with USD 899 for the same machine with Windows installed), the E520n desktop at USD 599, and the E1505n notebook at USD 599. For now, the Ubuntu systems will only be available to customers in the United States. Availability is expected 'in the coming weeks' according to an announcement given on May 1, but lists a shipping time of three to five days.
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RE[2]: Configuration differences
by archiesteel on Sat 26th May 2007 21:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Configuration differences"
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Well, that's not quite accurate. It really depends on the actual chipset. Here I have a Xpress 200M chipset, and here's the experience:

1) you don't get a black screen on bootup, because the ati free driver works well for 2D; installing the proprietary hardware is a bit more of a pain than, say, for a Nvidia card, but there is a good howto here:

2) The fglrx driver is much more stable than it used to be

3) The fglrx driver no longer crahses when switching from virtual terminal to X (this bug was solved recently)

4) Suspend/hibernate now works reasonably well, though you need to tweak parameters in /etc/default/acpi-support...

5) I'm not aware of possible security issues, nor to the current security status

6) The driver's performance is *acceptable*...there's room for improvement, definitely

7) No AIGLX, but you can still have Compiz/Beryl using's a bit more of a hassle, but the performance is good (that's what I have right now on my Kubuntu laptop)

8) No Xvmc, unfortunately

So, while it is still far from perfect, it's not *quite* as bad as you make it to be. Certainly, for high-performance 3D graphics, going with Nvidia is the preferred choice.

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