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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spiderman shot back...

No, I don't have a Dell. It just strikes me as obvious that Dell OEM Ubuntu don't have the version upgrades enabled. I admit I'm not sure about it though.

Well that's the thing, how often does a corporation do the obvious thing? Especially when it comes to computers?

spiderman shot back...
I assume Canonical does that on the OEM version for Dell. Not doing so would be weird in my opinion.

They might have done with the earlier versions they worked with Canonical to produce. Recall that the version of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS shipped with Dell's earlier attempt at this had a specially compiled version called LPIA for the Intel Atom processors. It wasn't as easy to upgrade because doing so would lose all the optimizations, I believe those devices were disabled due to architecture differences. Now that Canonical no longer has a LPIA branch, I'm not sure that applies.

It will be interesting to see what these devices are once someone buys one and reports back on it. I'm tempted myself. If I hadn't already pulled the trigger on the ASUS eeepc 901 when I did I might have gotten one of the mini Inspirons when they came out.

I'm especially curious about the hardware support, since it was Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) that had all the intel video driver issues resulting nearly everyone on a netbook who installed it to upgrade to bleeding edge xorg to get acceptable performance or roll back to previous versions of Ubuntu. It was also the last version of Ubuntu to have a custom kernel compiled by Adam McDaniel, because 'Ubuntu now supports everything natively.' Coincidentally the forked Ubuntu he has been working on lately, Jolicloud is also based on Ubuntu 9.04...

Makes you wonder if this is the result of a licensing deal gone bad and Dell had originally intended to go with Jolilcloud?


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