Looking for other OEM's that Pre-install Kubuntu

Chris kubuntu at eportel.com
Wed Jun 27 21:06:07 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-06-27 at 22:36 +0500, Farid Ansari wrote:
> Hi Chris,
> I do not know much about your problems but wanted to tell you that I
> read today in the PC World of July 2007 that Dell will their PCs with
> Kubuntu 7.04 preinstalled.
> Cheers,
> Farid
> Karachi, Pakistan
> On 6/27/07, Chris <kubuntu at eportel.com> wrote: 
>         Hello all,
>         I am new to Linux (although I worked with Suse for 9
>         months...I still
>         feel rather lost) but trying to learn as much as possible in
>         the 
>         shortest amount of time...I don't feel that successful so far.
>         I'm the owner of a small computer manufacturing and service
>         company.
>         I'm trying very very hard to offer  most model computers with
>         Kubuntu 
>         preinstalled. However it has not been easy.  First, the
>         documentation
>         compared to Ubuntu is little.  I bought a book on Ubuntu and
>         it's pretty
>         good at explaining everything about Ubuntu...but none of the
>         Gnome 
>         specific information applies directly to Kubuntu.  It's really
>         a major
>         waste of time translating nearly everything that is taught
>         about Gnome
>         (Ubuntu) and trying to find the equivalent of that application
>         in 
>         Kubuntu.
>         Second, there are many questions of the best way to produce,
>         test and
>         sell PC's with Linux on them...I can't seem to learn enough
>         about Linux
>         (Kubuntu) fast enough...maybe if I knew more...some of these
>         question 
>         would be answered by me....I hope. Sometimes I feel that some
>         of the
>         questions and problems that I run across never really get
>         resolve
>         completely....that is scary in a retail/OEM market where we
>         have to
>         solve customers support needs in a timely manor. 
>         As an OEM I would like the Kubuntu PC to have the ability to
>         run very
>         well with the add on features that makes Kubuntu (and Linux in
>         general)
>         what it should be. I'm referring to things like Beryl Desktop
>         effects 
>         and menus that make sense.  Most customers will be coming
>         straight from
>         MS Windows XP so there may be some minor mods and
>         configuration changes
>         that should be made prior to the release or delivery of the
>         machine. 
>         Using the OEM installation off the Kubuntu Alternate CD is a
>         good
>         start..but I'm not sure it's all that I would need.
>         What I'm asking is...is there any other OEM/systems builders
>         (professionals please) out there that does what I am trying to
>         do that 
>         is willing to share their experience with me as to supporting
>         Kubuntu to
>         the end user, hardware setup (which I have done a lot of
>         testing) such
>         as chipset's that are being used and other information related
>         to this? 
>         I talked with Dell (really didn't want to do that!) to dig
>         into the
>         hardware information that they are using with there new PC's
>         that come
>         with Ubuntu.  After the mixed results testing lots of
>         different Intel 
>         chipsets and CPUs I just wanted to see what Dell was willing
>         to use in
>         their computers and try some of that.
>         I would like to find out if anybody else has attempted the
>         testing that
>         I have and what the results were...if any. 
>         Any feed back would be great appreciated.
>         Thanks very much for any input on this subject.
>         Chris
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Hi Farid,
I spoke with Dell about there efforts.  It's Ubuntu that will be
installed on 3 models. 2 Desktops (XPS and Dimension) and a Laptop

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