Dell keeps improving Linux support
There's been no major improvements in Dell's Linux software support, but there have been small, but handy, improvements in Dell's support offerings. For Dell Ubuntu laptop users, an important addition is the availability of the Conexant modem driver for the Inspiron E1505n and 1420n.
Both laptops use embedded WinModems. Normally, these modems won't work with Linux because they require, as the name implies, built-in support from Windows. After downloading and installing the Conexant drivers, though, Ubuntu users can put their modems to work.
Dell is also offering more 'do-it-yourself' support for its Linux server customers. The company is now offering a hardware repository (for server drivers and utilities and its server management program, OMSA (OpenManage Server Administrator) version 5.2. In addition, the company has opened a software repository for its servers.