[Bug 1] Dell: one step forward, two steps back

Mark Shuttleworth mark at canonical.com
Wed Dec 19 12:50:01 UTC 2007

The question of OEM's adding proprietary bits to Ubuntu has been the 
subject of long discussions here. In the end we concluded that customers 
always have the option of buying the systems and installing Ubuntu 
themselves, without those. Most folks who are primarily freedom-focused 
and self-powered will do that, and many of them then add Flash in any 
event. But folks who are buying a complete solution have said they want 
the DVD playback, and want it pre-installed for them.

Ubuntu itself is unaffected by this decision. Folks who want Linux, with 
those capabilities installed, can get it.


Microsoft has a majority market share
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