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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Is it just me?
by mweichert on Thu 21st May 2009 13:20 UTC
mweichert
Member since:
2006-03-23

.. or do others think that Dell has their head in the sand on this one? Linux enthusiasts are the ones that will be purchasing this thing; mainstream users will be asking for Windows.

I think Dell should think again about who is going to purchase a linux-bundled computer.

My two cents.

Mike

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RE: Is it just me?
by thelastdodo on Thu 21st May 2009 14:16 in reply to "Is it just me?"
thelastdodo Member since:
2008-10-07

I would argue that Dell knows better than you how popular Ubuntu is.

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RE: Is it just me?
by drcoldfoot on Thu 21st May 2009 15:35 in reply to "Is it just me?"
drcoldfoot Member since:
2006-08-25

True, but a lot of Linux Enthusiasts are generally not satisfied with any tweak that an OEM would make to their OS. :ie partitioning, themes, module offerings, etc. In my experience, even working as Linux Support, keeping a standard is key to providing efficient support. I believe as a Desktop, Ubuntu LTS offering is a slam dunk for a major OEM to provide a Linux offering. I would suggest that Dell take it a step further and press Canonical to patch their kernel with backwards module support from the recent kernels like redhat provides.

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