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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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Why all the defense?
By Munkles on 5/2/2007 7:07:13 PM , Rating: 2
I REALLY don't get why so many Linux users get defensive when people say that its not the easiest thing in the world to operate. Like many of you I've used windows since 3.1 and thus know it inside and out. Since so many people use windows the software necessary to make it do certain things has been made popular by third parties, and then more often than not integrated by the next major release of Windows.

Ive used Ubuntu on and off for about 2 years now and while its SEXY as hell and will run on just about anything I find myself pulling my hair out at times with it. Getting Ubuntu to run is seldom a problem as just about everything almost always works right after an install, but that doesn't mean that its installed PROPERLY or functioning to the very best of its ability.

I love Ubuntu and look forward to the next time I have it installed and running properly, but being user-unfriendly is part and parcel with the Linux experience. It maybe because im so used to windows, but thats part of being user friendly.

User friendly isn't about whats logical to YOU its whats logical to ME and to everyone else who will be migrating from Windows. FURTHERMORE; just because I can navigate through the HDD, surf the net, and watch movies/listen to music doesn't mean I know how to use Linux. So please before you make claims that your great auntie who's 94 uses Ubuntu like a pro... take into consideration what shes doing. Its mostly front end things like opening Firefox.

My last comment on this is simply for you nuts who think Linux its not. There are TONS of security reports out there for anyone to find that will compare and contrast many operating systems, most distro's of Linux are among the very worst for security but since no one targets, or is likely to target Linux users its not a big deal; and even if it does become one thank goodness that programs like Nod32 work just fine in Linux.

Just because Linux isn't easy to use doesn't mean its impossible or that no one should try. I love Ubuntu and cant wait for a lot of new users to experience the elation of using Ubuntu w/ xgl or any of the other awesome graphics packages. Just please please please don't act like its the easiest thing in the world to use.

"I f***ing cannot play Halo 2 multiplayer. I cannot do it." -- Bungie Technical Lead Chris Butcher
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