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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RE: Nice one.
by flanque on Tue 10th Jul 2007 02:56 UTC in reply to "Nice one."
flanque
Member since:
2005-12-15

The only problem I have with the way they're doing it is that they're only providing one distribution. Yes, this makes sense under one light, but under another why not give people what Linux is truly about and that is choice.

It is likely to give the unknowing an expectation that Linux is Ubuntu, which is certainly not the case.

For instance, many would argue that SUSE is definitely a better if not equal choice for this sort of offering.

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RE[2]: Nice one.
by Redeeman on Tue 10th Jul 2007 03:01 in reply to "RE: Nice one."
Redeeman Member since:
2006-03-23

or why not choose the best way and sell laptops without an OS, but known to not contain shitty hardware for which no specifications have been published, or code released?

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RE[3]: Nice one.
by smitty on Tue 10th Jul 2007 03:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice one."
smitty Member since:
2005-10-13

They've been doing that for a long time.

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RE[3]: Nice one.
by Unkemptwolf on Tue 10th Jul 2007 11:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice one."
Unkemptwolf Member since:
2006-04-06

How about an even better way. They pick laptops that contain compatible hardware, and then sell them with the one of the most popular desktop distros. Then, those who don't want that one can reformat it and put something else on there anyway, same as they would do with a blank laptop.

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RE[3]: Nice one.
by ecko on Tue 10th Jul 2007 12:22 in reply to "RE: Nice one."
ecko Member since:
2005-07-08

Or just pick the most popular one. Whether or not Ubuntu is your choice distribution or not is meaningless. The differences between SUSE and Ubuntu are negligible to end users and by standardizing dell makes it easier for customers and their own support staff.

Is it really that hard to install suse if you really want it? Give me a break...

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