Dell Linux: First look April 1, 2007Posted by rjdohnert in Uncategorized.
Tonight during Dells exclusive Press Conference they unveilled their beta of their desktop distribution. Derived from the Ubuntu distribution Dell is calling it Dellbuntu. During the press conference they explained the intimacies of their desktop. It premieres whats called the “shelf” at the top of the screen that holds the tasklist and varius icons as well as the bottom taskbar which holds various system related tools. Dell’s CEO tested some of the applications which included advanced Mono support as well as a Linux first a fully licensed version of IE 6 that will be bundled with Dellbuntu. Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer were on site and pledged that IE 7 will be released natively and exclusively for Dell before Dellbuntu’s release. Dell and Microsoft also unveiled their patent promise that indemnifies users of Dellbuntu from any patent infringements in Dell’s flavor of Linux. Mark Shuttleworth also present at the press conference also was quite pleased with what he saw and announced that Canonical will be assisting Dell in the further development of Dellbuntu in return for funding. Dellbuntu includes several drivers and codecs not found in any other Linux distribution. Dellbuntu will ship with full office suite and other necessary applications bundled. Michael Dell had this to say ” With these new partnerships we believe we will be the premier supplier of Linux based solutions to the home and to the enterprise. We believe our position will help catapult our offering above and beyond Novell SLED and Red Hat Linux. With our Microsoft, Canonical and Mono project partnerships we will be light years ahead of the competition in no time” Bill Gates announced that all systems in Microsofts Open Source Lab will be running Dellbuntu. Oracle, IBM, SAP and Symantec have all stated immediate support for Dells Linux offering.
Below are screenshots of Dellbuntu Beta 1