Dell opts to install Ubuntu -

Mike McMullin mwmcmlln at
Tue May 1 15:48:17 UTC 2007

On Tue, 2007-05-01 at 16:46 +0200, Vincent Trouilliez wrote:
> Andy <stude.list at> wrote:
> > Be warned though, this is a report about a report that is about
> > unconfirmed sources.
> It's not a rumour anymore !
> I just looked at the "ideastorm" Dell website, and it's official
> now ! :o)
> Only (BIG) problem.... these Linux machines are restricted to the US
> market !!! GRRRRRRRR... Why !!! :-/ :-(
> Pfffff...;

  Because that's MS' home turf, and Dell has a solid footing there.

> Well, still, it's quite an achievement, for Ubuntu also as it's kinda a
> recognition of its incredible success, ahead even of long established
> Suse and Redhat !

  I was at Penguicon 5.0 in Troy the other weekend.  Ubuntu was
everywhere, most of the presenters had Ubuntu on their laptops, and
those that didn't had either MacOS or W2k (oddly enough from what I saw
in equal numbers).  The one I attended there two years earlier had SuSE
as the clear favourite.

> So, let's cross fingers that it will be a success in the USA, so that
> it motivates Dell to spread these machines in Europe as well.. and
> everywhere ! :-)

  It's in the pilot project phase, let them iron out the kinks.  It's
nice to see that support from Canonical can be purchased, but will this
degenerate into a hardware vs software pass the buck scenario.

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