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Dell Decides on Ubuntu for it’s Linux Machines

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 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. ;)

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - May 1, 2007 at 6:32 pm

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Tech, Google, XP, and Microsoft in China

Here are a bunch of tech stories for today.

Dell brings back XP on home systems Amid significant customer demand, the computer maker said on Thursday that it has returned to offering the older Windows version as an option on some of its consumer PCs.

How Security Companies Sucker Us With Lemons More than a year ago, I wrote about the increasing risks of data loss because more and more data fits in smaller and smaller packages. Today I use a 4-GB USB memory stick for backup while I am traveling. I like the convenience, but if I lose the tiny thing I risk all my data.

Vista, IE7 help Microsoft boost search market share In a rare bit of good news for Microsoft on the search front, web metrics firm comScore reported that for the month of March, Microsoft’s search engines saw their first market share increase in nearly a year. Microsoft’s search market share jumped 0.4 percentage points from February to March, giving it 10.9 percent of the total market.

April ’07 Back Compat Update April showers have yielded us a Back Compat update The latest backwards compatibility update is now available over Xbox Live (or will be very soon.) This free update brings the complete list of original Xbox games that you can play on your Xbox 360 to over 300.

Back to basics So we’re renaming Froogle as Google Product Search. We’re taking the opportunity to refocus the user experience on providing the most comprehensive, relevant results in a clean, simple, easy-to-use UI. Who cares.

Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) Latest Ubuntu released, I may as well download this one and try it.

Google Video powering some pirate sites Google, already being sued for copyright infringement on its YouTube service, may have another copyright tempest brewing on its older Google Video site. The site hosts numerous full-length movies which are now being exploited by “guerilla” video sites; in essence, Google is one part of the engine that powers video piracy.

MySpace News Launches Thursday On Thursday morning MySpace will launch its much rumored news property at Expect the site to go live and a press release to be issued around 7 am EST.

Microsoft aims to reach next billion PC users Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is using a speech in Beijing to unveil a new low-cost bundle of Office and Windows, one of several new initiatives aimed at getting PCs into the hands of more people in emerging markets. Especially considering they have only sold 244 copies of Vista in China.

Widgetsphere: New Playground For Marketers If you’re in the online marketing game and are not yet hip to widgets, listen up. Two emerging Web 2.0 technology firms focused in this space have a message for you. Those companies are Widgetbox and ClearSpring, both of which presented in a session on Tuesday afternoon at Web 2.0 Expo that was billed as “Using Widget Syndication for Online Marketing and Measurement”.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - April 19, 2007 at 6:22 pm

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Dell Vista Upgrade

Looks like another day of no good news about Windows Vista, to start, lots of people are complaining to Dell because it is taking so long to get their “free” upgrade copy of Windows Vista. Looks like the upgrade copies will not start shipping until the end of February, the earlier you submitted yours, the earlier you will get it as they are doing it first in first out, as they should.

Many customers are now asking when we will start shipping the Vista Upgrade. Dell expects to begin shipping the upgrade in the latter part of February. The upgrade availability for some systems like the XPS 710 and 710 H2C will take longer. Like I mentioned in a previous post, we’re still validating some drivers for high-end graphics cards and gaming peripherals, and still testing compatibility with some gaming software. When we have updated information for XPS 710 and 710 H2C customers, I’ll blog about it in a future post. Source: When Will My Vista Upgrade Ship?

This stinks, it will probably be late March before I get mine, seems like I submitted it a couple or three weeks ago, so it may be awhile. They are including a Dell upgrade assistant DVD, to help customers with the upgrade process. If the site is telling you your service tag is not being recognized as being valid, go to the Dell Blog and leave a comment, making sure you include your email in the email address field, and they will have a CSR contact you to figure out the problem.

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - February 16, 2007 at 5:06 am

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Bad Caps in Dell Computers

Just last week, Dell computers announced it was taking a financial charge on it’s earnings, a $300 million dollar charge, to help cover costs that it incurred do to replacement of motherboards with bad capacitors.

Capacitors are an inexpensive little component on a PC motherboard, but they can be a costly headache for manufacturers when a whole bunch of them go bad.

Last week, Dell announced it was going to take a $300 million financial charge on its earnings to cover costs associated with the replacement of motherboards with faulty capacitors in some of its Optiplex workstations. The Dell system boards in question were manufactured from April 2003 to March 2004, according to several contract computer repair firms that are starting to replace the systems.

The Round Rock, Texas, computer maker is expected to provide more details during its quarterly earnings call on Thursday.

Luckily, I myself haven’t had any problems, I purchased two Dell XPS machines last year, but apparently, lots of people have, and not just from Dell computers, the bad cap problem has plagued HP and Apple as well.

At issue are faulty capacitors on motherboards that store power and regulate voltage. Defective capacitors found in the Dell Optiplex workstations, some Apple iMac G5s, HP xw-series workstations made in 2004 and PCs with the Intel D865GBF motherboard have been found to bulge, pop, leak and crust over, causing video failure and periodic system shutdowns.

Photos showing Dell’s Optiplex GX270 and Optiplex GX280 with defective capacitors have been widely reported on Web sites such as, Pictures of other faulty capacitors have been spotted on Apple’s own discussion boards,, and

Usually, data loss does not occur as the system will generally just shut down, not affecting the hard drive. If you think you could be experiencing a problem with bad caps, then you should look for swelling on the tops and along the base of the capacitors, and check to see if there is a brownish substance oozing from the bases. If you find some problems, check your warranty and contact your manufacturer for parts replacement. Capacitors are usually expected to last about 7 years, and experts say if they are not made right, they will start to deteriorate after 3 or 4 years.

Various postings on message boards claim the trouble was caused by capacitors that were overfilled with a liquid electrolyte that helps the component protect the processor from excess power; convert energy from 5 volts to around 1.5 volts; and deal with current surges. The PC makers have not confirmed that that was the problem.


Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - November 10, 2005 at 10:11 am

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