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Is Ubuntu Linux for You, Too?

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Those Ubuntu-powered Dell machines are almost here.

When Dell Computer announced it was making the Ubuntu operating system available as a preinstalled option on select Inspiron notebook and Dimension and XPS desktop models in late May, Linux geeks and open-source advocates started hopping with joy. But what's in it for the non-geek computer user? And what is Ubuntu, anyway?

Ubuntu is a free, Linux-based operating system distributed by Canonical. It appeared in October 2004 and has since won over waves of converts, including high-profile geeks like Cory Doctorow. Even Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell runs Ubuntu 7.04, nicknamed "Feisty Fawn," on his personal laptop.

The Dell computers themselves have yet to arrive, but when they do (the rumor mill says they'll ship this week) other banner PC manufacturers like Toshiba are expected to follow suit. You should take this time to familiarize yourself with exactly what's in store if and when you pick up one of these machines.

If you ever need help getting started with the open-source OS, the user community at places like Ubuntu Forums tends to be pretty patient with newbie inquiries. That's important, because Ubuntu will prompt many questions. Here are some examples:

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Dell plans to begin selling desktop PCs in Wal-Mart Stores this weekend, the first move in a major departure from its decades-long sales strategy.

Wal-Mart plans to sell the Dimension E521 in more than 3,000 retail locations in the United States, Samir Bhavnani, research director at Current Analysis West, told CNET News.com.

Wal-Mart to begin selling Dell PCs

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Beijing Zoo is No Place for Pandas

Pandas in Beijing Zoo
Photo credit: Nick Hopkins

I am a Panda lover. I work as a support engineer in an I.T company here in the United Kingdom. Most of my spare time is spent watching different Panda videos -- both old and new videos. Basically, it is my therapy; a 'stress release' for me. I find them to be adorable and precious creatures. As a matter of fact, I would like to volunteer to come to Sichuan. I want to experience and feel what it's like to be a Panda keeper, to be able to interact with them for real. The Panda is China's National Treasure, so it's a shame to watch the Panda videos from Beijing zoo, as the place is disgusting and not ideal for Pandas to live in (and for sure for all the rest of the animals who unfortunately got stuck in this prison cell).

The place looks like a ghost town. Lifeless and languished. Knowing that Pandas wear a thick fur on their body, can you imagine what it feels for them in 30C or 35C (summer temperature)? What it probably feels like all the time? Come on, if you really care, you must do something now, otherwise these Pandas will die. Please bring them back to their sanctuary where they really belong.

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