Dell Inspiron Mini 9

Chris Gregan cgregan at
Fri Sep 5 15:36:51 BST 2008

Glad to hear you are considering the Dell Mini 9. Let me know what 
information you want to know about the unit hardware or the OS. As the 
Ubuntu Mobile QA Lead here at Canonical, I have several of the units, 
and was the primary tester for the OS. I would be happy to provide some 
info, now that the product is released. That said, there may still be 
some things I cannot say, but I will do my best to answer every inquiry.

Chris Gregan
Ubuntu Mobile QA Engineer
Canonical USA Inc.
cgregan at
cgregan at freenode

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Keith wrote:
> Dell's entry into the subnotebook market was released yesterday. Comes
> with either Ubuntu (Netbook Remix edition) or Windows XP Home. Right
> now, the two OS's turn out to be about the same cost (slightly more
> for Linux if you want bluetooth & 1.3mp camera). After a few weeks,
> though, the special discount on WinXP will be gone and the Linux one
> will be cheaper. The pre-configured ones with higher specs have WinXP
> by default. If you want Linux, just choose that one and upgrade what
> you want.
> I'm probably going to get one, but waiting for some more reviews
> myself (if so, will be selling another Latitude D820 laptop if anyone
> is interested! :). Only big complaints I've seen are the keyboard.
> F1-F10 (there is no F11 or F12) are built along the home row as
> special keys instead of being their own. Also several other keys are
> in non-standard places (quotes being the most non-standard). I think I
> could probably get used to it. And I personally can't think of many
> programs that I'd miss the F11 & F12 key for.
> Pre-production model review:
> Keith

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