Dell Expands Ubuntu Product Offerings
July 31, 2007 6:34 PM
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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
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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8/1/2007 10:24:59 AM
I've sworn by it as a more than adequate replacement for Windows 99% of the time.
Correct, if, like me, you dont play games/use specialist software. I've used Ubuntu for over 6 months now and DSL on an old Gateway laptop I run for taking notes in lectures (P1 133mhz!) and i've never had a problem with either distro, well apart from the odd niggles I'd expect with any OS. However, in Ubuntus case i think it still lacks the polish of Windows in some areas. But thats just an opinion. More of a worry is the fact that the 'normal' computer buying public doesnt have any idea as to what Linux is and how its different, and i for one wouldnt want to be on the recieving end of a customer service line when one of the said customers rings and asks why x program wont install, mainly because its written for Windows.
8/3/2007 5:47:44 PM
Thankfully, programs like WINE, which emulate the Windows API completely independent of Windows coding, can easily make windows programs useable in Linux--many times just as useable and sometimes even faster. There's a lot that isn't supported, but as WINE advances, that's changing. Of course, as you put it, Linux isn't even close to being as polished as Windows, though Ubuntu is driving that effort apparently. Alot of work remains to be done before it can challenge windows--but once that work is complete, it really will be window's biggest threat.
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