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Ubuntu will officially be the first Linux distribution offered by Dell

Once 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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just as easy?
By superunknown98 on 5/2/2007 9:43:52 AM , Rating: 2
While I admire the benefits that linux has to offer, it still just isn't as easy to use as Windows or Mac. In fact the whole argument is similar to Mac os and Windows advocates touting their choice as best. Sure Linux has a centralized place to get safe and tested software (which is really nice) but what happens when what you want isn't there? you're back to scouring the internet for RPM's or soruce codes. And i'll be damned if I could get anything to compile without some form of error.

What about drivers? sure there are basic compatible drivers for most everything, but not everything. Plus I still have to complie them. Something niether windows or mac requires.

Correct me if It's changed but aren't most Distro's still just a GUI pasted on top of a command line, much like windows 3.1?

I'm not saying Linux isn't a good thing, and for most people who just surf the web and use word, it would suffice. but if you need to anything else besides that, it's not going to be as easy as Windows or Mac.

RE: just as easy?
By ted61 on 5/2/2007 10:19:03 AM , Rating: 2
Linux is hard as hell to maintain but just as easy to use. I have been using it for a few years now and go through hell every time I need to make a change. That may be because Ubuntu does most of the changes for me and I have to look up the line commands every time I need them.

I think Dell installing Linux will be a good thing overall. They know how to install all of the drivers!

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