Linked by David Adams on Tue 15th Jun 2010 21:47 UTC, submitted by Anonymous Linux Fan
Linux Dell has posted a page extolling the virtues of Linux (Ubuntu in particular), with a quick explanation of what Linux is and how it compares against Windows. Of course, the page links off to Dell's various computers that ship with Linux pre-installed.
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bornagainenguin
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2005-08-07

sakeniwefu posted...

If they updated to Karmic, they would need to pay real money again.


You mean Lucid. Canonical has since Karmic released Ubuntu 10.4 which has been out for nearly fifty days now. If Dell paid for the porting of Cyberlink's DVD player they should have taken into account the Canonical release cycle and waited for the next LTS release to come along. Meanwhile what do you think is going to happen when someone buys that computer with Ubuntu 8.10 and they get prompted to update with the words "A New Version Has Been Released" and they click the button?

--bornagainpenguin

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sakeniwefu Member since:
2008-02-26


You mean Lucid. Canonical has since Karmic released Ubuntu 10.4 which has been out for nearly fifty days now.


And which I was using to type that. One can't keep up with the silly animal names thanks :p

What you say is true, but I still have a hard time seeing Dell at fault. They saw an opportunity and invested into that, had they been asked to wait... who knows if they would be selling Ubuntu laptops at all. Some people would be happier if they released a plain Fedora rawhide that doesn't support some of the hardware but that's hardly supporting an OS at all. You can buy an OS-free or 100% unsupported random Linux OS machine any day from many vendors.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I can see the logic in there, because 9.04 is a much more polished release than 9.10 (which included a pulseaudio update which broke sound again on VIA chips and crappy wi-fi performance on Atheros chipsets) and 10.04 (which includes a puzzling windows button positioning which makes getting used to the OS harder for no reason, and the introduction of Plymouth while the technology still can't exactly be called bullet-proof). They probably wait to see what 10.10 looks like before upgrading to one of those three ones.

Edited 2010-06-16 07:50 UTC

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spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

Meanwhile what do you think is going to happen when someone buys that computer with Ubuntu 8.10 and they get prompted to update with the words "A New Version Has Been Released" and they click the button?

It won't happen. Version upgrade are disabled by default. You have to go to the config panel and check the square that enable Version checks. If you do that, you probably know what you are doing.

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bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

spiderman shot back...

It won't happen. Version upgrade are disabled by default. You have to go to the config panel and check the square that enable Version checks. If you do that, you probably know what you are doing.


Are you sure about this? And if so, is this something Dell does on its hardware or are you attributing this to general Canonical behavior? I ask because I've installed older versions of Ubuntu attempting to get some idea of which version offered the best hardware and software support mix and I've always gotten prompted to upgrade to the newest version of Ubuntu unless I shut it off in the manner you suggest.

So is this something Dell does on all its Ubuntu releases or are we misunderstanding each other here?

--bornagainpenguin

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bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

bornagainpenguin posted...
[q]Meanwhile what do you think is going to happen when someone buys that computer with Ubuntu 8.10 and they get prompted to update with the words "A New Version Has Been Released" and they click the button?


ARGH... typos will be the end of me...

The above part in bold should be 9.04, not 8.10. Sorry about that. Just substitute the proper version numbers, the point remains the same.

--bornagainpenguin

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Sarcasm4all Member since:
2010-06-19

You mean Lucid. Canonical has since Karmic released Ubuntu 10.4 which has been out for nearly fifty days now.


FFS it's 10.04

there is no such thing as "Ubuntu 10.4"

Edited 2010-06-19 03:16 UTC

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