Ubuntu Linux Coming to Dell PCs
May 1, 2007 6:41 PM
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Ubuntu will officially be the first Linux distribution offered by Dell
confirmed that it would offer the Linux operating system
on select PCs in the future, Linux enthusiasts anxiously awaited the announcement of which Linux distributions would be offered. Dell today announced that it would preinstall the Ubuntu operating system on some PC and notebook models.
Canoncial, the lead sponsor behind the Ubuntu project, has started working on the
operating system to ensure that it will properly work on Dell PCs and notebooks
. "Dell are going to work with us to make sure Ubuntu works fully on its hardware," said Chris Keynon, director of business development for Ubuntu.
Along with appealing to popular demand, the computer company will likely save money by stripping out the cost of purchasing the operating system license from Microsoft. It appears that OS support would be provided by the open source and Linux communities, while Dell would exclusively provide hardware support.
Michael Dell previously disclosed that he has Ubuntu installed on his personal laptop.
Dell has not announced models, configurations or prices of PCs and notebooks that will feature Ubuntu. Dell also did not eliminate the possibility of other Linux distributions being installed on future product lines.
Linux fans hope that Dell embracing Linux will begin a shift in which more PC vendors will switch to open source technology.
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RE: Down with Linux
5/1/2007 11:29:20 PM
As a matter of fact, Ubuntu and Linux/Unix in general are not a mess, they are far more organized than Microsoft Windows.
In Windows, as you said, you must look for software in the Interwebs, download and install it yourself. There is no centralized and official place to get software from (with the possible exception of microsoft.com), and often there is no guarantee the software found in download sites is trustworthy (it may contain malware).
Linux (usually) has something called a package management system. It is a well designed system in which software is organized as packages that can be automatically downloaded and installed from certified repositories on the Internet or on discs (CDs, DVDs). Nothing needs to be compiled (unless the source is available and you really want to do it or there is no binary distribution available). The user does not have to care about Software quality/security, the distributor itself has already verified the software. Software that isn't available on the repositories is usually available to download on its own site in the form of installable packages (and source code as well - if it's open source).
Ubuntu uses a specialized graphical front-end for package management dubbed Synaptic. It can be used to install multimedia codecs, DTP software, libraries, image viewers, web browsers, IDEs, whatever is available on Ubuntu's official repositories.
AFAIK, the first thing you do in case of trouble is reading the official manuals. If you had checked Ubuntu's documentation in the first place, you wouldn't have gone through all that trouble.
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