Anyone tried Dell Mini

David Fletcher dave at thefletchers.net
Thu Sep 11 22:55:32 BST 2008


On Wednesday 10 Sep 2008, Joel Oliver wrote:
> Eberhard Roloff wrote:
> > Art Alexion schrieb:
> >
> >   
> >> Dell will not sell us the 16 GB drive with Ubuntu -- only with Windows.
> >>
> >>     
> >
> > ok, then you can still get Windows Refunds. For a start, see here:
> >
> > http://www.linux.com/articles/59381
> >
> > kind regards
> > Eberhard
> >
> >
> >   
> Just get the version with XP on it and reformat it and install Ubuntu.  
> Thats what most people do anyway.  It seems like only the crap versions 
> of laptops come with Ubuntu preinstalled and are very expensive (Because 
> of the crapware discounts)
> 
> It's just going to prove the point that Windows Vista is selling well, 
> Ubuntu preinstalled is a flop...   Isn't this what they really want to 
> do?   If I can get a Dell with a better processor, more memory, better 
> video card cheaper than a Dell that's stripped down with Ubuntu and 
> costs more.... I will get the Vista/XP one and nuke it...  So another 
> preinstalled Ubuntu laptop sits collecting dust proving that linux 
> prinstalled is a failure (since it doesn't sell)  So everyone MUST be 
> using Windows....  This is what Microsoft "wants" the vendors to 
> "see".   I'd love to know the real numbers (via Windows Update would 
> probably be more accurate, although it still may be a dual boot Windows 
> install thats rarely used, or in my case a Virtualbox inside linux that 
> I keep updated just in case I need to use it (I haven't for 2 years now 
> anyway...)
> 
> 
> So probably microsoft kicks back to Symantic, McAffee, Adobe.... whatnot 
> to kick back to the vendors to kill the whole linux preinstalled idea... 
> It seems to work for now.
> 
> 
> Hope the future looks brighter :)
> 
> 

Now that we've all had a good chat about this issue amongst ourselves, the 
only real way to do anything about it is letter writing - on proper paper.

Bring the issue to the attention of your Senator, European Commissioner, 
whoever you have in your region. Mine is ready to go in the air mail 
tomorrow.

Dave




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