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

Conrad Knauer atheoi at gmail.com
Wed Dec 19 13:29:59 UTC 2007


"we concluded that customers always have the option of buying the
systems and installing Ubuntu themselves, without those."

I can buy a computer from Dell with Windows on it and overwrite the HD
with Ubuntu, but that's also sub-optimal.

Adobe's Flash plugin is gratis; AFAIK, LinDVD is not however.  As it is
bundled with Dell's Ubuntu systems, have we not just started trading the
'Microsoft tax' for a different 'proprietary software tax'?  Is that
really any better in the long-run?

Philosophically, how does this 'Dellbuntu' really differ from Linspire?

"Starting with the best that open source has to offer Linspire adds
[...] proprietary software [...] and codecs"

http://www.linspire.com/products_linspire_whatis.php

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