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 2:52:00 PM
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)
8/2/2007 9:04:43 AM
Thanks! I will try this out when I get home today :)
8/3/2007 5:30:55 PM
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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