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Dell Linux: First look April 1, 2007

Posted by rjdohnert in Uncategorized.
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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

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1. banjo - May 10, 2007

All the codecs ,drivers and applications preinstalled ! Wow!
I always had the feeling that linux lagged behind because of the DIY thing (installing drivers,codecs ) . Dell has hit the nail on the head with this offering. I am sure all those who tried linux earlier and gave up frustrated will now be tempted to take a dip with this laptop where the cake is prebaked, if nothing out of pure financial reasons.
So go ahead and liberate yourself from viruses, trojans andjoin the march of the penguin.

2. cjm - May 10, 2007

Canonical needs to pull the plug if IE will be included on this damned thing.

3. Clash - May 11, 2007

wtf ? Why include ie ???? For what possible reason ?

4. n8k99 - May 11, 2007

was not this article dated april 1st?

5. Jeff - May 11, 2007

You realize you don’t have to use IE, they will include it just because it is what most people are “used to” so it will make transition less scary.

6. Tim Hodkinson - May 11, 2007

The problems with Microsoft stem from their monopoly ownership of the Windows OS. In a Linux environment, MS will have to compete on a level playing field like everyone else. I’m surprised they would have any interest at all in doing that, because I can’t see them doing very well.

7. DOUGman - May 11, 2007

I call the BS; Shuttleworth has stated that there will be no emulation software for Dell systems.

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2125848,00.asp

8. Dais - May 11, 2007

DOUGman – Let’s go even farther and look at the fact that Ubuntu wasn’t even named as the distro to be used until May 1. This post is either total BS or predicting the future. Poorly.

9. Kyle - May 12, 2007

If that is in fact the version of “Ubuntu” they are using, they might as well quit now. That is the ugliest Linux look I’ve seen in quite a while, worse than Windows, and I can’t believe they even considered IE at all- least of all IE6! Why is Microsoft even trying to compete in a market where they will not succeed? Firefox, Opera, Epiphany, and Konquerer have the foothold in that arena and IE will make it no where in the Linux world. I really hope this article is not true…

10. Paul Higgins - May 12, 2007

This is my opinion. Be aware I am not a Techie and apologise for mistakes. But it is opinion, based on what I have read and experienced and believe to be the facts. Linux is secure because to do any tinkering you have to have the equivalent of admin rights. You cannot sign in as admin and tinker to your hearts content. Each change you wish to make requires signing in as root (is this the correct term? It’s been a while since I used Linux!) This makes it difficult, if not impossible for hackers to get in and do much damage. Viruses can’t run because they can’t change anything. Once the big boys get Linux on their PC’s and begin to make things user friendly, Linux will begin to lose its ‘security by default’ and become a hacker target. It is, I admit a dilemma. As in most things we do in life, freedoms put us at risk. Restrictions designed to protect us remove some freedoms. I ran Linux as a dual boot with XP looking to make the changeover once I had mastered it’s intricacies. My financial situation prevents me from running two PC’s, one Linux and one XP. I gave up on Linux due to having to dual boot and having to swap to XP to do some things I had not mastered in Linux. I just did not have the time nor the resources. If I could afford a second PC I could persevere with Linux. But I would not want a user friendly distribution due to the inherent security issues that would come with it. I may as well stick with windows. Thanks for taking the time to read this. I hope my input has been useful.

11. Sam A.Q. - May 12, 2007

::sigh:: & ::lol::
Congrats on a good April Fool’s Day Joke. The story has the air of believability up until the statement about a Linux license for IE6. Ha.

The ::sigh:: is reserved for Paul Higgins. Mr. Higgins, the security issues of Linux far, far, far pale in comparison to those of Windows particularly the XP version (Vista’s more secure… for now… but could be causing an evolutionary leap for viruses and trojans once hackers (in the bad sense of the word) have enough time to understand and adapt to Vista’s security protocols). There is also no real security difference between Ubuntu, Mandriva, or Debian that doesn’t come down to how an individual user uses their system – a Debian user can just as easily install unstable software as can a Ubuntu user, and a Ubuntu user (looks in mirror) can easily practice as safe and sane computing as a Debian user.

12. Tolga - May 20, 2007

I hope it will not come to the market with Gnome. Yikes!


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