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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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RE: Down with Linux
By bubbacub616 on 5/2/2007 12:35:05 PM , Rating: 2
I've been building and using pc's for 20 years and linux and on the 5-6 times that i've installed linux i have come a cropper every time with unhelpful faqs/documentation.

An example the built in faqs for ubuntu cover all the preferences for setting font colour, size and all that useless crap but don't help in setting up hardware to run (e.g. my wireless network card) (if they do help - it certainly wasn't obvious). I realise linux is lots of various bits of code kludged together in way that miagically seems to work but even for an intelligent user its NOT simple or intuitive. If I was 15 again and had the time to piss away learning all the shell commmands I would probably be able to get into it.

RE: Down with Linux
By Talcite on 5/2/2007 6:55:39 PM , Rating: 2
Granted that wireless is one of the most confusing things in Linux you can possibly run into, it's still relatively easy to get help. For example in Ubuntu, there's countless HOWTOs written all over the forums and there's twice as many people offering to help. People have even written short scripts and front-ends for wpasupplicant. Anyways, as of Ubuntu Feisty, wireless is now built into the OS with a much improved GUI.

Linux is a different type of OS. You can crack open a book when you need help, but you can also post onto forums, IRC channels, and everything else when you need help. Windows just doesn't have that kind of community based support AFAIK.

Oh and yeah, 'man' is your friend.

RE: Down with Linux
By Khyron320 on 5/5/2007 2:46:57 AM , Rating: 2
Linux has really changed over the years. I have been installing various distros and trying them out since windows 98 came out and i learned how to duel boot. Things really have changed allot. Todays linux distros are far easier to setup and use. Allot of the linux installs today you dont even have to do any drivers. Ubuntu is even including some funky option where they include ATIs drivers... they make you check a box to enable it. The open source guys are a bit strange like touching anything not open source is the devil so we have to disable it out of the box. But at least its there and its not 30 minutes of your time to read a wiki on how do put it on there.

Today if i were to put together a box for somebody with no knownledge of PCs that just wanted email and the internet i would put them on linux. Less headaches for me with viruses to clean up and cheaper for them.

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