Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th May 2009 20:59 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu When Dell announced a shift in its Linux strategy last week, accompanied by a new netbook, many wondered why Dell insisted on pre-loading Ubuntu 8.04, instead of newer versions of the popular Linux distribution such as 8.10 or 9.04. BetaNews contacted Dell about it, and Dell replied explaining their rationale behind opting for 8.04.
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Hello Canonical :-)
by Traumflug on Thu 21st May 2009 10:49 UTC
Traumflug
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2008-05-22

IMHO, this is a slap in the face of the makers of Ubuntu. If such a big vendor decides to fork the entire distribution repository, only to enhance quality, the makers of Ubuntu should really re-think their strategy.

Ubuntu claims to be "open" and what else than quirks in Ubuntu's release/fix/backport policies would stop a contributor to send enhancements and fixes back to the community?

Canonical, are you listening?

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RE: Hello Canonical :-)
by joekiser on Thu 21st May 2009 11:07 in reply to "Hello Canonical :-)"
joekiser Member since:
2005-06-30

The first thing I thought when I read this article was that there already exists a stable Debian from which Ubuntu was forked, which Dell has forked again to make stable. So why doesn't Dell just release a customized Debian?

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RE[2]: Hello Canonical :-)
by h3rman on Thu 21st May 2009 11:18 in reply to "RE: Hello Canonical :-)"
h3rman Member since:
2006-08-09

The first thing I thought when I read this article was that there already exists a stable Debian from which Ubuntu was forked, which Dell has forked again to make stable. So why doesn't Dell just release a customized Debian?


Ubuntu is usually a Debian Unstable fork.
What did Dell fork? I wasn't aware of that.

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RE: Hello Canonical :-)
by Foo Bar on Thu 21st May 2009 12:25 in reply to "Hello Canonical :-)"
Foo Bar Member since:
2006-08-22

IMHO, this is a slap in the face of the makers of Ubuntu. If such a big vendor decides to fork the entire distribution repository, only to enhance quality, the makers of Ubuntu should really re-think their strategy.

Ubuntu claims to be "open" and what else than quirks in Ubuntu's release/fix/backport policies would stop a contributor to send enhancements and fixes back to the community?

Canonical, are you listening?


WTF you are talking about?

Dell has not forked anything, all they do is to add their own repository for customizations and work directly together with Canonical. Their repository & modifications are available here: http://dell-mini.archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/

Also HP works directly together with Canonical with their MiniMe Ubuntu version. HP's repository and customizations are available here: http://hpmini.archive.canonical.com/

Canonical's strategy to work directly with hardware vendors seems pretty good for me.

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