Theres been no major improvements in Dells Linux software support, but there have been small, but handy, improvements in Dells 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 wont 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.