Dell Ubuntu Linux Desktop Details Emerge
Officially, there's no word yet on when Dell will release its Ubuntu Linux powered PCs. That isn't stopping the company from letting out some technical details about its new preinstalled Linux lines.On the record, a Dell spokesman said he "cant comment on unannounced products," when asked about Dells forthcoming Ubuntu-powered PCs. Over on Direct2Dell, meanwhile, John Hull, Dells manager of Linux OS technologies, on May 21 published "an overview of what customers can expect from our initial Ubuntu offering." Heres what Hull had to say. First, the default software from the Ubuntu media will be installed on the system, including kernel and applications. We already know that Dell will be offering the newest version of the popular Linux distribution, Ubuntu version 7.04. DesktopLinux believes that Ubuntu will be made available on particular models of the Dimension E520 desktop, Inspirion1505 laptop, and XPS 410 desktop lines starting May 24.
That Dell will be offering Ubuntu on only some systems in each line is supported by Hulls statement that "The peripheral options offered with Ubuntu will be a subset of what is offered with other operating systems. Were offering the hardware options on each system that have the most mature and stable Linux driver support. These hardware options have been thoroughly tested by the Linux team here at Dell."