Dell has decided to sell their Linux based PC’s with Ubuntu 7.04 installed. Dell has attempted to sell Linux based PC’s before from 1999 until 2001 when they canceled the program because of insufficient demand.
As part of an overall effort to update our Linux program, today we are announcing a partnership with Canonical to offer Ubuntu on select consumer desktop and notebook products.
This represents another step in the overall enhancement of our Linux program:
Since 1999, Dell PowerEdge servers have been available with Red Hat Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and since 2005 with Novell/SuSE Linux Enterprise Server.
Dell Precision workstations have shipped for years with the option of Red Hat Enterprise Linux
OptiPlex desktops and Latitude notebooks are certified to run Novell SLED 10
Dell updated its policy on driver support of new Linux desktop and notebook products to use open source drivers in kernel.org where possible
We recently launched a Linux community board as another way to help our customers to get help they need to augment things we’ve been doing like supporting Linux mailing lists. Source: Dell to Offer Ubuntu 7.04
Around the end of May, Dell will begin selling the consumer-focused laptop and desktop models with Ubuntu’s new “Feisty Fawn” version of Linux installed. Dell announced the Linux move on Tuesday on its IdeaStorm site, which was launched in February to gather feedback directly from customers about what they want. And they wanted Linux.
From Between the Lines on ZDNet,
This is the same version of Ubuntu that has Adrian Kingsley-Hughes so excited. And if Adrian’s take is on target (gallery right) others may follow suit.
Now we’ve been hearing about potential for desktop Linux forever and it’s never panned out. The difference this time? It’s becoming easier to use and there’s enough software out there to replicate what you do with Windows. Source: Dell may give Ubuntu a mainstream lift
I can’t wait to check one out, send me one Dell and I would be happy to review it and send it back, after a couple years.
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…who didn’t know his ass from his Harley?
Hey I’m a poet and didn’t know it. Okay, you can stop booing at anytime. I shouldn’t be mean, but after reading the usual bashing and fighting at digg and slashdot over this, I thought I should point the finger at the real problem, the tech guy himself.
I just read Windows screw-up forces Ubuntu shift from the Inquirer. He starts out by saying he does this every week, but after reading the article, I think he either tried some hardware he had never used before, or he does not do this every week, or just thought this would be a good article to get some links and some traffic for the Inquirer? Possibly, doesn’t know his ass from a whole in the ground, you decide…
It started out quite simply, a client needed to set up a small branch office, something I do almost every week. Four workstation and a repository for files, occasional backups, and a shared printer is all they would need, nothing special. Five HP 5100s, a printer, a Promise TX2300 with mirrored drives and a DVD-R was all I needed. That was the easy part.
Out came the anaemic 40GB drive from one HP, and in when the Promise controller and two WD 200GB SATA drives. The TX2300 was a snap to set up, the hardest part was rebooting 10 times until I caught that CTRL-F is the key to get into the card BIOS. A minute later, the RAID was built and it was time to restore the OS from the CDs. Two thumbs up to Promise here, it really could not be easier. Source: the INQUIRER
The gist of the story that he wants you to come away with is that Ubuntu saved the day, while HP and Microsoft just made it harder. Hardly, the client just wanted four client pc’s and one for file serving, he decided to use a third party raid controller and remove the original windows boot drive, which would make for him being onsite even longer, so he must be charging by the hour instead of the job. Why reinstall the OS at all? The setup is almost perfect, the execution left something to be desired, and this ends up being a poor attempt at beating down Microsoft instead of taking blame himself because he was not ready for the situation. If you are going to sell your services professionally, you should be prepared for the job that you sold them. While I agree the policy of not sending operating system install CD’s with the computers is a pain, you can create the installation CD’s yourself, or do it differently. This was not Microsoft’s fault, just poor planning and execution by the writer.