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GGL must be updated soon!!

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Not a big surprise they

Not a big surprise they chose Ubuntu, but this is certainly still exciting news. Dell is really starting to offer GNU/Linux on their desktops and that's a big thing!

Let's just hope they start prominently advertising their GNU/Linux desktop/laptop offerings on their homepages.

Cheers

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Yes it's great news. Of

Yes it's great news.
Of course I still have that idea of a partnership with vendors in mind, so that isn't great news in this perspective (I doubt GLM can partner with Dell ;-)) but I'm truly happy to see that anyway.
From what I could understand Dell will start with only the US market.

I'll update the site very soon on the matter.

Olivier.

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correction
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I doubt GLM can partner with Dell

... for the time being. ;-)

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BBC says that it is coming to other countries
ariadacapo wrote:

From what I could understand Dell will start with only the US market.

The Dell/Ubuntu thing has been discussed on the ubuntu-uk mailing list, and there is a BBC news article on the topic, which although saying that the US will be first, indicates that other countries (the UK at any rate) are going to have the choice in future.

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Dell wrote:For advanced
Dell wrote:

For advanced users and tech enthusiasts, we’re happy to offer a new open-source operating system, so you can dive in and truly enjoy a PC experience just the way you want it.

http://www.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/ubuntu?c=us&l=en&s=dhs

That isn't what I was expecting...

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Also what they say about

Also what they say about FreeDOS doesn't sound like they did much research. FreeDOS has has a GUI, it's shipped with the system, but of course can be chosen not to be installed.
I haven't tried it though (the GUI, I did try FreeDOS, and it's pretty cool).

So, in conclusion I have to say it's a good step that Dell offers computers with pre-installed Linux and FreeDOS (though the latter might not be of much use for most people) but it seems a little unprofessional because of this misinformation, which is quite unexpected since Dell always used to have a pretty professional image.

I'm actually surprised that IBM, one of the bigger contributors to the open source world does not ship computers with pre-installed Linux on it. I'd be happy about it since I'm planning to buy an IBM notebook soon and was looking around for one without the unnecessary Windows-license.

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IBM doesn't sell desktop

IBM doesn't sell desktop and laptop computers anymore. They sold that to Lenovo. But yeah, it would be good to be able to get GNU/Linux pre-installed from Lenovo, but the same goes for other big vendors like HP.

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But I guess the current

But I guess the current Lenovos are still pretty much IBM.
At least I hope so, because I expect IBM-selected hardware to be flawlessly running with GNU/Linux.

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Well I never actually owned

Well I never actually owned ones, but all of Lenovo laptops which I've seen on pictures still say "IBM" on it and I didn't yet heard them redoing the product lines. You have, for example, "Lenovo Thinkpads" for what was previously known as "IBM Thinkpads", so I suppose nothing's changed.

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Quite disappointing

Quite disappointing indeed

Buried so low into their website, and that annoying "it's for geeks" attitude. "Are you really sure? really really sure you want that open source thing?"
Oh, and let's not even talk about freedom. :-/

Still, this is a progress. Things will improve.

I updated the FAQ on "Linux pre-installed" with a small link to Dell. We might to more soon.

Olivier.

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Yes, they still say IBM and

Yes, they still say IBM and they are still called ThinkPad. And they still look the same.
And since they look cool and since I like that little red pin as a mouse-replacement it's going to be one of those.

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Yesterday I bought my

Yesterday I bought my Lenovo/IBM ThinkPad R60e. With a nice CoreDuo 1.6GHz and 1GB of RAM.
Bluetooth and WLAN are there and a Intel GPU (most of the components are Intel).
I created recovery-discs of the Vista-installation (you never know what it might be good for, and anyway, I payed for it, right? ;-) ), wiped it and installed the fresh and shiny Fedora 7.

As I already expected there were no problems. Everything works out of the box, including WLAN, Bluetooth and sound. And of course both cores are detected and used properly.
I'm really happy with the decision to choose this notebook. It has great performance and, as said, works perfectly with GNU/Linux (I expect that also other distros should have no problems with the integrated hardware, even the EasyLFS 0.3 CD booted properly and loaded a bunch of modules).
The only thing that I would have loved to have but didn't get with it was a CPU with virtualization support. But I'll be able to survive without.

Now I'm actually thinking to migrate most of the stuff I do on my desktop to the notebook. Not only it should have slightly better performance, but I'm more mobile. I can just take my work with me. Also it should safe me a little money, since it should be less power-hungry than my PC.

Well, I guess I will see how I end up with my machines.
After playing with the notebook for a bit (not actually playing, except for nethack, but looking around and using it) I think that if you just need a machine for normal work, a notebook might now be the better solution than a normal PC.
Well, maybe I'll pick up that thought for a blog-entry... ;-)

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Very nice (except for the

Very nice (except for the fact you had to pay for Vista).

About virtualization, I thought Core Duo supports it, or is it only some models do?

Anyway, about desktop vs. laptop I was facing such decision not long ago and chose a desktop for myself, mostly because you can get greater power for a lot less money and because I'm not traveling much yet. I plan on getting a Neo1973 OpenMoko powered phone instead of a laptop this fall for the times that I am away from a home workstation.

Cheers

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