Looking for other OEM's that Pre-install Kubuntu

Chris kubuntu at eportel.com
Wed Jun 27 21:15:06 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-06-27 at 15:36 +0100, ac wrote:
> Chris 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
> I cannot give a full answer, although I trust you are aware of the 
> 'central' database at
> http://lxer.com/module/db/index.php?dbn=14
> which may give some contacts?
> Also Chris, where (country and area) are you located? (If you were in 
> my local area I would be keen to support your operation on a committed 
> volunteer basis, either advice comments or much more hands on).
> -- 
> ac
> Kubuntu user
I'm from Rhode Island USA
I wasn't aware of that site, Thanks! that should help.
I really appriciate your offer! WOW
I feel like I'm stuck in the mud, getting started...mostly becuase of
hardware and the issues I mentioned above.
Thanks again,

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