Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Dell's Linux Plans Shine Light On Free Potential

Filed under

The small steps that Dell has taken toward offering desktop and notebook PCs preloaded with Ubuntu 7.04 could mean a giant leap forward for the viability of desktop Linux.

Linux preloads from Dell would give computer buyers who aren't out to install their own operating system an opportunity to choose Linux in the same way they choose Windows--by buying a system, taking it out of the box and starting to use it. Ubuntu on Dell would mean that seasoned Linux users could buy one of these systems with the knowledge that the hardware would work with their operating system of choice--even if they prefer some other distribution, hardware that works with one Linux distribution can be made to work with any distribution.

As I opined in this space a few weeks ago, Ubuntu makes the most sense for a mainstream desktop Linux option. Ubuntu is polished and popular, and isn't encumbered by the yearly update fees that come with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise options with which OEMs, including Dell, have so far flirted. "Free" is a big part of Linux's appeal, but fleeing Windows' activation routines and genuine advantage software for Red Hat Enterprise's entitlements and installation numbers doesn't feel awfully free.

However, before we go out and rent the convertible Cadillac from which Michael Dell and Ubuntu chief Mark Shuttleworth will Grand Marshal the 2007: Year of Desktop Linux parade, there remain a good many questions to be answered.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Mesa 11.1 RC2 Brings Dozens Of Fixes

It's coming a few days late, but Mesa 11.1 Release Candidate 2 was officially released today. Mesa 11.1 when released later in December will have many new features but doesn't bump the overall OpenGL version support. Now being past the Mesa Git branching, Mesa 11.1-RC2 is just about bug/regression fixing. Read more

uNav GPS Navigation App for Ubuntu Phones Receives a Major Update

Today, November 30, Marcos Costales has just announced a new update for its awesome uNav GPS navigation app for Ubuntu Phone devices, a release that introduces some interesting new features. Read more

Watch: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with Unity 8 Gets a New and Beautiful Official Theme

The next Ubuntu desktop with Unity 8 cannot launch with the same theme as the old Unity 7, although that seemed like the case, until now at least. The team has finally changed the theme for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with Unity 8, and it looks really, really good. Read more