Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jul 2007 22:06 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Dell is getting ready to launch systems with Ubuntu Linux, but is not yet releasing details of the final specifications. However, the company did say on Friday that as well as a consumer version of Ubuntu, it had plans to launch a small-business version 'in the future'. After some confusion over Dell's Linux strategy, the company said it felt the need to clarify things. "I wanted to be clear that Dell does have plans to offer Linux to more consumers in additional locations outside the United States," said Dell's Lionel Menchaca, digital media manager.
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For redeman..
by brostenen on Tue 10th Jul 2007 01:37 UTC
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"sudo apt-get install 915-resolution"

How hard can that be??

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RE: For redeman..
by Redeeman on Tue 10th Jul 2007 02:04 in reply to "For redeman.."
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you misunderstand me, im not saying its hard, im saying its unacceptable on a _PREINSTALLED_ system.

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RE[2]: For redeman..
by shykid on Tue 10th Jul 2007 03:43 in reply to "RE: For redeman.."
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Honestly, I'd rather not have Ubuntu preinstalled on a big-name PC if all of the hardware doesn't work out correctly of the box. I, for one, would rather not have the Ubuntu Dells ship outside of the United States (or even in the US, really) until they fix everything so it's on-par their Windows systems.

The display problem ridiculously easy to fix if you know how to do it, just like the poster above you pointed out. That makes it much worse in my eyes. It doesn't just make Dell look bad, it makes Ubuntu and Linux in general look bad. If Dell was feeling lazy, they should have just gone with (open)SuSE because SaX2 has much better display autoconfiguration and SuSE comes with proprietary codecs.

Almost anybody who wants a Dell Ubuntu system can get a free CD and install it themselves. And that's the beauty of it and Dell's chance to shine: Dell could preconfigure all of the hardware and preinstall the needed proprietary media codecs and browser plugins. Then Dellbuntus would be an extremely attractive proposition to those who can (and have) installed Ubuntu but can't get it to work quite right.

All of this isn't hard to do; even I could do it with little effort. Just set Ubuntu up on one Dell system and burn an image of the hard drive and deploy it on the others. It's not laborious or expensive to make configured hard drive images for each model.

All of this tells me Dell is only in this Linux thing to improve their image. And it makes me wonder if Dell chose the distro it did because "Ubuntu" has more buzz-wordiness than SuSE, Mandriva, or PCLinuxOS.

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RE: For redeman..
by anonymous_coward on Tue 10th Jul 2007 15:38 in reply to "For redeman.."
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"sudo apt-get install 915-resolution"

How hard can that be??

Yuck. This is sooo yesterdaaayyyy... ;-) Intel drivers support modesetting:

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RE[2]: For redeman..
by brostenen on Tue 10th Jul 2007 21:35 in reply to "RE: For redeman.."
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I have a hp pavillion 6101ea laptop, installed with ubuntu 7.04.
That was still the way for me, to install widescreen resolution.

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RE: For redeman..
by cmost on Tue 10th Jul 2007 18:34 in reply to "For redeman.."
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Sit your granny down in front of that computer, or any competent Windows user for that matter, and repeat what you just typed. After you get the dear-in-headlights look for five minutes, then maybe you'll understand why this stuff should be setup already on a pre-installed machine. It's unacceptable for newbies or anyone purchasing a pre-installed environment to resort to the command line or even Synaptic to fetch additional device drivers.

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