Looking for other OEM's that Pre-install Kubuntu

Malcolm Yates mdy at canonical.com
Thu Jun 28 15:35:15 BST 2007


On Wednesday 27 June 2007 23:19:01 Chris wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-06-27 at 17:08 -0500, Howard Coles Jr. wrote:
> > On Wednesday 27 June 2007 04:11:43 pm Greg Booth wrote:
> > > The other thing that's NOT in bold is that there's NO software support
> > > for this.
> > >
> > > Only hardware support.
> > >
> > > I'm not sure if this means operating system or installed software only.
> > >
> > > Greg
> > >
> > > On 6/27/07, Chris <kubuntu at eportel.com> wrote:
> > > > 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
> > > > Thanks
> > > > Chris
> > > >
> > > >
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> > You can purchase support from Cannonical when you buy the PCs.  Its not
> > that expensive from what I've heard.  However, if you are running a
> > business you CAN'T buy a DELL with Ubuntu preloaded.
> >
> > BTW:  KDE can be easily added to Ubuntu through synaptic, adept, or just
> > plain old apt-get.
> >
> >
> > --
> > See Ya'
> > Howard Coles Jr.
> > John 3:16!
>
> Thanks Howard,
> But my company manufacturers computers. I'm not looking for support from
> an OEM...we are an OEM. 

Chris - could I ask you a favour and point you at 
http://www.ubuntu.com/partners/become ??

I manage the Partner Programme at Canonical, and sounds like you might like to 
become either a Partner or be on the marketplace.

malc

> I'm looking for other OEM's in our feild to 
> share information with.  Mostly about producing PCs with Kubuntu
> preloaded, but far more importantly, proven hardware, deployment of many
> many systems at a time.  The OEM install in the Alt. Cd is a good start,
> but not all that's needed.
>
> Chris



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