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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 Talcite on 5/2/2007 6:48:20 PM , Rating: 2
That has nothing to do with why Linux is so secure. Linux is OPEN SOURCE. That's the whole beauty of linux and up until relatively recently, the Mac OS.

Open source software is way more secure. You know why? Because everyone can see what your code is, people patch it if there's a fault, and everyone's happy. You don't end up executing random crap because guess what, it's open source so you can see what you're installing! Ontop of that, things like Ubuntu have the repository which ensures that all the software you install through it is not only A: secure, but B: compatible!

Windows is only partially insecure because of exploits. There's alot more to it. Firstly, any account in XP is automatically an Administrator account. That's a no go in Linux. Secondly, alot of security holes are caused by third party software! You can't see what you're installing, so for all you know you just put spyware/trojan/whatever onto your system. Now you have a hole, even if it's up to date. Trust me, Open source is much more secure for security software. Even if you can't read it, atleast someone else can.


RE: Down with Linux
By Jack Ripoff on 5/2/2007 10:59:45 PM , Rating: 1
It's more than just that. Windows has security problems not only because of bugs and poor quality control, but mainly because of bad design. Linux (and Mac OS X, FreeBSD, etc.), on the other side, is designed after rock-solid Unix. It may be a bit more "boring" (e.g.: you have to manually set up execution permission before running an installer), but it's far more secure than, say, UAC.


RE: Down with Linux
By herrdoktor330 on 5/3/2007 12:03:55 AM , Rating: 2
Whoa, cowboy. I'm not trying to pop your bubble, but most people who use computers don't know what the source code even means, let alone are interested in taking the time to look at it. Computer users these days want ease of use. FYI I too am an Ubuntu user, but it is definatly a taste of the strange from moving from Windows. I'm now pretty comfortable with using Linux these days, but there is a learning curve. And it's one where that some people entrenched in the Windows world may find uncomfortable. Much to Ubuntu's credit, it's very noob friendly, hence why I'm using it. But Ubuntu has a long way to go until it's 100% ready for mass consumption.

But... we'll see how this washes over. I hope it does well. I'm sure the Linux option will help drive down prices across the OS market.


RE: Down with Linux
By Talcite on 5/3/2007 12:47:04 AM , Rating: 2
Actually you pointed out an interesting thing there. Yeah, most users can't read source code and don't want to relearn everything, but after using Windows Vista RC2 I ditched the entire windows line for that reason exactly. It changed everything! All the technical settings are gone, or atleast behind 13 different hoops to jump through. It's gotten to a point where it's so dumb that you can't use it functionally. Yes I agree that Linux and Unix variants have a huge learning curve, but so does everything else in the computer industry or field. You can't expect everything in life to remain static. There's always change and if you don't keep learning you'll find that it's easy to fall behind quickly in anything, not only computers.


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