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Michael Dell Using Ubuntu Linux At Home 236

Posted by kdawson
from the hmmmm dept.
whoever57 sends us a link from the Dell site noting that Michael Dell is using Ubuntu Linux at home (7.04, Feisty Fawn) on a Precision M90 laptop loaded with Openoffice.org and Evolution. If one were betting on which distro Dell will eventually ship pre-installed, this factoid might be food for thought. Oh, and Micheal Dell's gaming system uses XP Media Center edition.
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Michael Dell Using Ubuntu Linux At Home

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  • Re:FIVE?! (Score:3, Informative)

    by Helios1182 (629010) on Thursday April 19, 2007 @08:52AM (#18796345)
    Given that he runs one of the largest PC companies in the world he may just enjoy them and working with them.
  • Re:FIVE?! (Score:3, Informative)

    by faloi (738831) on Thursday April 19, 2007 @08:52AM (#18796347)
    I can't even imagine why one person would want five PCs.

    I can... One PC to act as my home theater, another PC acting as a big ol' server, a corporate approved box that I can use to work from home, a gaming rig, and another laptop to do normal computer-type stuff. And that's not even counting any machines that would be for other people in the house to use.
  • Feisty released (Score:5, Informative)

    by bignickel (931486) on Thursday April 19, 2007 @08:53AM (#18796359)

    Although it's not officially announced yet, the Ubuntu Feisty Fawn torrents are live:

    Desktop i386 [ubuntu.com]

    Desktop AMD64 [ubuntu.com]

    Server i386 [ubuntu.com]

    Server AMD64 [ubuntu.com]

    The more exotic torrents (and the directly downloadable ISOs) can be found at the official release site [ubuntu.com] but I thought we'd try to save their servers a bit of pain and heartache.

  • by Tx (96709) on Thursday April 19, 2007 @08:53AM (#18796363) Journal
    Here you go, these links came from linuxtracker, they are definitely the final releases, not the beta.
    CD - ubuntu-7.04-desktop-i386.iso.torrent [linuxtracker.org]
    DVD - feisty-dvd-i386.iso.torrent [linuxtracker.org]
  • by Zonk (troll) (1026140) on Thursday April 19, 2007 @08:58AM (#18796409)
    Use the Swedish mirror. I switched to that a while ago since the us servers always seem very slow. The Swedish one is usually very fast.

    http://se.releases.ubuntu.com/7.04/ [ubuntu.com]

    The iso's are on that site now.

  • Re:Just an advert (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 19, 2007 @09:02AM (#18796461)
    You call this shit:

    * Intel Core 2 Duo T7600 Processor
    * 4GB DDR2 667Mhz DRAM
    * 17" WXGA+ Widescreen LCD
    * 160GB 7200rpm SATA hard drive
    * 8X DVD +/- RW optical drive
    * NVIDIA Quadro FX 3500 512MB
    That is hardly a damn baseline machine. It is a mobile workstation for crying out loud with a QUADRO! Yes, not great for 3D accel, but they have caught up and I think great 2D accel might be more warranted in Linux anyway. Most people using it that I know are not running crazy 3D games in it. Yes, most the other systems on the page would smoke this, but that hardly is saying much.

    I also wouldn't start assuming what systems will have Linux installs, but I will put money that there will be workstation systems, both portable and desktop based, as well as, at least one user grade desktop. How much 3D support it gets will probably depend on what kind of support they really want to give for nvidia drivers in Linux.
  • Re:FIVE?! (Score:3, Informative)

    by CastrTroy (595695) on Thursday April 19, 2007 @09:03AM (#18796469) Homepage
    I can see the need too. Unfortunately I don't have all that much space at home. So, I have to have one computer that does absolutely everything I need. That means for right now, I'm running Windows. I would love to be able to run a Linux Server, A Windows Gaming machine, and have a Linux Media centre, and well, for office/internet, I don't care, either one is fine, so I'd probably go with Linux.
  • What? (Score:4, Informative)

    by wild_berry (448019) on Thursday April 19, 2007 @09:24AM (#18796759) Journal
    Why didn't you let the GP read their own interpretation to Mark Shuttleworth's exact words:

    derStandard.at: So are we going to get pre-installed Ubuntu on Dell computers?

    Mark Shuttleworth: Well - time will tell.

    derStandard.at: Are there active talks on that?

    Mark Shuttleworth: I would not comment on any conversations underway.

    I can see that this isn't (i) a definite 'No' (and nor would it be); (ii) "We'd be delighted if the Dell team want to get in touch"; (iii) "I have their Cease & Desist and Restraining Orders on my office wall -- we'll get Dell to ship Ubuntu, just you see"; or (iv) "We're integrating Wine and Launchpad to track users via the default-installed Dell add-ons". However, I don't think that there's enough there to be sure that it is any hint of talks, as Canonical's and Ubuntu's status would rise if Mark Shuttleworth could give the impression that Dell were interested.
  • Re:Just an advert (Score:3, Informative)

    by Creepy (93888) on Thursday April 19, 2007 @10:55AM (#18798131) Journal
    For clarification/expansion on the original poster's information, the Quadro series is used for 3D accelerated graphics, just not so much games - it is nVidia's chipset for OpenGL acceleration aimed primarily at the Workstation/CAD market and is essentially nVidia's answer to the FireGL cards from ATI (AMD).

    Seeing that Linux uses OpenGL for 3D, those cards probably offer better overall performance, at the price of being a bit behind the technology curve from a gamer perspective.

    This thing would smoke my desktop and I work for a CAD company (though I am due for a refresh this year - hopefully something a lot better than the junk Quadro 440 I've got in there now - they buy dual 3GHz chips [fastest available at the time] and stick in a 440 [cheapest available at the time]... sigh...).
  • Re:Seriously? (Score:3, Informative)

    by TobascoKid (82629) on Thursday April 19, 2007 @11:06AM (#18798289) Homepage
    Every other Linux distribution isn't aimed at all at any variation of a home/average user.

    Linspire????
  • by shaitand (626655) on Thursday April 19, 2007 @02:54PM (#18802307) Journal
    'For god sake he was fired from the company he started!'

    Yeah, the company he led to massive profits. He was fired by VC's and investors who thought a slick oldschool CEO could do better. After nearly going bankrupt and being bailed out by Microsoft of all people they finally brought jobs back. Jobs then led them to the iMac the multi-colored top selling personal computer (to this day as far as I know) and then the IPod and the intel macs.

    Yeah, Jobs is a terrible businessman who accidently drives massive profits where 'good businessmen' can't seem to make it fly.

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