Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Nov 2008 18:45 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "The Ubuntu developers have announced the availability of Ubuntu 9.04 alpha 1, the first prerelease for this version. Ubuntu 9.04 is codenamed Jaunty Jackalope and is scheduled for official release in April. The initial plans for Jaunty were published in September, prior to the release of Ubuntu 8.10. Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth aims to boost the software experience and make the popular Linux distribution more competitive with Windows and Mac OS X on the desktop. Canonical intends to push the platform into the mainstream by putting its resources into upstream usability improvements. In addition to the ongoing long-term usability enhancement efforts, Canonical and the Ubuntu development community are focusing on several specific technical goals for 9.04, including improving performance and boot time and integrating web services more tightly with the desktop."
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RE[2]: Canonical..
by lemur2 on Tue 25th Nov 2008 23:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Canonical.."
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

I've been looking around at these new netbooks with Linux preloaded. In terms of hardware, all of the Linux netbooks pale in comparison to the XP. I want at least 1G ram and 160G HD. The rest I'm fairly indifferent on.


The hardware that comes with a netbook, and the OS that is installed on it, have nothing but marketing to do with one another.

If there is a particular brand that has better harware features but only XP installed, and you want that hardware, then get the XP version and wipe it, and install Linux.

Given that Microsoft are heavily subsidisng the OEM, you won't be dropping hardly any money by wiping XP, and copies of Linux can be legally had for free. You know that the machine can run Linux because there is another model (say with less RAM and hard disk) that runs Linux.

Once you wipe XP and install Linux, your netbook will suddenly be complete with desktop applications rather than just the bare OS, at no extra expense to you.

The only downside is that Microsoft will count this as a sale ... and they will probably count it as a sale of Vista even though it was XP and you are not actually running either one.

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RE[3]: Canonical..
by backdoc on Wed 26th Nov 2008 00:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Canonical.."
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2006-01-14

I don't want to give Microsoft credit for the sale if all I'm going to do is wipe it and put Linux on it. The point is, you have to buy XP if you want decent hardware. I wonder why there is such a discrepancy. It seems to be contrived.

Without doing some homework, I wouldn't assume all of the hardware will work, especially the wireless card and suspend mode.

For 99% of what I do, I don't need Windows. In fact, for 99% of what I do, Windows gets in my way. Part of my motivation to not purchase Microsoft products is political. But, part of it is that I just don't need it.

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RE[4]: Canonical..
by lemur2 on Wed 26th Nov 2008 04:09 in reply to "RE[3]: Canonical.."
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I don't want to give Microsoft credit for the sale if all I'm going to do is wipe it and put Linux on it. The point is, you have to buy XP if you want decent hardware. I wonder why there is such a discrepancy. It seems to be contrived. Without doing some homework, I wouldn't assume all of the hardware will work, especially the wireless card and suspend mode. For 99% of what I do, I don't need Windows. In fact, for 99% of what I do, Windows gets in my way. Part of my motivation to not purchase Microsoft products is political. But, part of it is that I just don't need it.


Fair enough.

I thoroughly concur on your "it seems to be contrived" comment.

That certainly is the case here in Oz, where, despite the fact that dell does produce a Linux version of its Mini Inspiron, Dell Australia is studiously pretending (just as every other supplier) that there is no demand for Linux versions in Australia.

The fact that you can't buy a Linux version in the shops would be a huge part of the reason for that I'd wager. Talk about a self-fufilling prophecy.

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