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The Dell-Linux partnership continues to flourish

Dell plans to expand its Ubuntu PC and notebook offerings due to continued demand Dell has seen for the Ubuntu products, said Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu creator.  Shuttleworth also founded Canonical, the company responsible for offering support for Ubuntu Linux users.

"What's been announced to date is not the full extent of what we will see over the next couple of weeks and months," Shuttleworth said during an interview.  "There are additional offerings in the pipeline," he added.

Dell spokeswoman Anne Camden did not make an official statement to Reuters about future products, but did say that Dell is happy with the response the company has received for Linux.  Even though most of the products sold were likely to previous fans of Linux and open source technology, some first time customers also made purchases.

Dell currently offers five products which run the Ubuntu operating system.  The company had egg on its face after Dell Ubuntu Linux customers discovered they apparently paid $225 more for an Inspiron 1420 notebook loaded with Ubuntu - Dell quickly fixed the error, changing the price so the Ubuntu version is now $50 cheaper.

Although the Microsoft Windows operating system still controls the PC operating system market, the Linux OS can be considered as Microsoft's biggest threat.

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By dicecca112 on 7/31/2007 7:04:20 PM , Rating: 1
now if Dell would just release either the full OS customized for downloads, or the packages they added for those who have notebooks with Windows from them.

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By phisrow on 7/31/2007 8:55:03 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure that Dell is shipping stock Ubuntu here. They are probably using the OEM install function in their image, and possibly a Dell utility or recovery partition; but they don't have any secret sauce in the OS.

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By NickWV on 7/31/2007 9:02:38 PM , Rating: 3
now if Dell would just release either the full OS customized for downloads, or the packages they added ...

What?! Its an OPEN SOURCE Operating system. As such, you can download it from its the same thing. DELL is using the exact same thing, only pre compiled to be optimized for a dual core processor.

If you want to run Ubuntu on your Microsoft-preloaded Dell laptop, and the hardware is supported (a lot of their offerings are), you can download the OS and install it yourself. If you have any problems, the Ubuntu community is pretty fast to respond.

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By Zelvek on 7/31/2007 9:08:39 PM , Rating: 2
Even better yet they will ship you install disks for free so if your on a slow connection you have that option.

RE: Dell
By NickWV on 7/31/2007 9:14:56 PM , Rating: 2
yep, the Ubuntu guys will ship you a free Ubuntu CD, although it may take some time to get the CD. But hell, its not like its costing you anything. :)

RE: Dell
By EarthsDM on 7/31/2007 9:28:38 PM , Rating: 2
If you're installing Ubuntu on you Dell laptop, be absolutely sure to find out about your wireless card, and how to install a driver for it. Ubuntu doesn't come with certain drivers (because they are not OS) and you can't download them without resorting to ethernet ;)

RE: Dell
By dicecca112 on 7/31/2007 9:57:30 PM , Rating: 2
Yes I know all that. There are some issues with the CD Drive not working, sound, but oddly wireless does. And you have to use the Alternate CD. I'm no noob here, don't worry experienced Linux veteran here.

I might just call Dell and see if I can weasel a free Ubuntu Restore disk out of them.

RE: Dell
By smitty3268 on 7/31/2007 11:36:26 PM , Rating: 2
Their Ubuntu restore disk is the exact same one you can get from, they haven't done a single thing to it. What they did was pick out their most linux friendly hardware to sell with it, so the more your machine differs from the ones they're selling the more likely it is you may have problems.

RE: Dell
By Duraz0rz on 8/1/2007 8:59:53 AM , Rating: 2
Yea, my wireless card didn't work when I tried out Ubuntu, which sucks. I really liked the interface and stuff. I was planning to dual-boot...use Ubuntu for my programming environment, and Windows for gaming.

My wireless card, for reference, is a Buffalo WLI2-PCI-54G I believe.

RE: Dell
By omnicronx on 8/1/2007 2:52:00 PM , Rating: 2
Alot of wireless cards do work with ubuntu, its just setting them up that is the problem with some cards. Yours happens to have the broadcom chipset which doesnt play nice with ubuntu.
Lucky for you if you still want to try, many others have had the same problem.

Here is are step by step instructions for broadcom devices (i.e your buffalo)

RE: Dell
By Duraz0rz on 8/2/2007 9:04:43 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks! I will try this out when I get home today :)

RE: Dell
By geddarkstorm on 8/3/2007 5:30:55 PM , Rating: 2
My laptop has the broadcom chipset for its wireless card as well. I'll tell you, it was a pain, but I got it working fine in the end--flawlessly. You just have to get the most recent version of ndiswrapper and compile it to the t. Remember to do the "sudo modprobe ndiswrapper" (without the quotes) to actually turn it on!

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