Over the past few months, our focus with Ubuntu 7.10 has revolved primarily around hardware functionality and stability on the systems we plan to support. This has involved a great deal of testing, identifying and troubleshooting bugs, and working with the Ubuntu community to get those bugs fixed in the OS. In particular, much of our testing has focused on the following areas: graphics (laptop native resolution support, monitor compatibility), wired/wireless networking, suspend/hibernate, laptop webcams, audio, and touchpad mouse scrolling, to name a few. We have also focused on performing OS upgrade testing, to make sure the OS upgrade process is as smooth as possible for Dell customers. As always, our goal is to have Ubuntu 7.10 "just work" when installing it on supported hardware, and I think customers will have a very good experience using the OS on our supported hardware.
We have created a new Ubuntu 7.10 page on our wiki, and have begun updating it with information. After Ubuntu 7.10 is available on Thursday, please review the content on this page before updating your operating system from 7.04 to 7.10. For additional information and help, please check the Dell Desktop Linux mailing list, the Dell Linux Forum, or the Ubuntu/Dell forum.
In addition to all of our technical work, the team has also been spending a lot of time talking to customers, reading community and media reviews, sorting through Dell Ideastorm postings, and reviewing the Dell and Ubuntu Linux forums, in order to learn how we can improve our Ubuntu Linux offerings. We have incorporated much of that information into shaping our test plans, bug fixing efforts, and product plans, and we think our customers will be pleased with the progress we have made.
We'll provide more information soon on those product plans around Ubuntu 7.10, including supported systems, supported hardware features, availability timeframe, and countries. Please stay tuned.
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Dell selling Ubuntu machines is great, it’s a shame I just
bought an Acer laptop not long ago. When I need a new work laptop, I will
likely get a new Ubuntu Dell.
Is there any chance that you will start selling Kubuntu
laptops as well?
I got my new XPS M1330 last week (with nVidia graphics and WLED screen) and installed Ubuntu 7.10 Beta on it, and - it just works!
All hardware works out of the box. For the video driver, I got a notice that there was a restricted driver available when starting up Ubuntu for the first time, and activating it was a matter of a few mouse clicks.
So I'm very happy that Ubuntu 7.10 works perfectly on the M1330.
Thank you, Hull, for all your efforts, as well as all your team. I'm really having that 'warm feeling' from Dell's new initiative on Linux desktops.
That's the main reason why I recently bought an Inspiron 1720 from Dell UK, specially to run Ubuntu on it: I want to financially help Dell into developing its Linux offerings. I must say I'm impressed with the 'just works' aspects of your hardware. I intend to buy many more from you in the near future because of that warm feeling.
My only complaint is the fact that your top and latest hardware offerings do not come with Ubuntu preinstalled, and that refrained me from buying more than one laptop: I'm waiting them to come with Ubuntu. Indeed, I was only able to buy my 1720 with Vista, which I promptly wiped out and threw the DVD away (seriously, Windows for me is like the plague). Therefore, mine (and many other buyers) financial efforts to support Linux on Dell will not show up in your Linux statistics.
I saw your interview in LXer. Someone cites a 1% figure for the amount of Dell hardware sold with Ubuntu. Put it in 2% or 3%, because I know many people who bought your latest hardware (which only comes with Vista), wiped Vista and are using Ubuntu. I'm sure that if you provided Ubuntu, this number would probably become 4% or 5% because these same people want to financially help Dell's efforts on Linux.
Please make sure that in the near future you provide Ubuntu not only in your bottom products, but at least in some of your top-notch laptops and desktops. Linux users usually are power-users which like to be on the edge of the technology, and your basic hardware offerings for Ubuntu just are not good enough for most of us. If you give us what we need (Ubuntu on top offerings) we will buy!
So it looks as though more models are being planned to have Ubuntu on. Nice.I was in the market for two 6400n but decided against it as the price for UK customers is much higher (50 pounds) than our German and French neighbours. And the baseic spec for the french and Germans is higher than for the UK.
I know this has nothing to do with the Linux team but it still smarts.
Now, what about drivers for Dell's printers.
I really like the Linux effort, but as said before: expand the effort to all devices including Optiplex, Precision and of course PowerEdge, but also accessories and peripherals.
But the main problem is proprietary hardware and closed source, but that's mostly due to restrictions made by the chipset manufacturers - non-disclosure agreements are widely used for W*ndows-only hardware.
IMHO the best way would be to get open source hardware support in the kernel sources or some Dell-repositories. By using Ubuntu as distribution, which is based on Debian, a .deb-repository would do well and could easily be integrated in every Debian-based distribution.
Just to put my two cents in...
by the way, I am a pure Debian user and I am willing to pay more for hardware, if I can use open source kernel drivers
Matthias: we now have various Linux efforts across most of our product lines now. Red Hat and SUSE on our PowerEdge servers, Red Hat on Precision, Ubuntu on consumer systems, and SLED certifications on OptiPlex and Latitude. We are doing work with the Linux distribution that makes the most sense for each product line, and that work usually ends up trickling down into other distributions as well.
For the apt repository, that is something that we're working on.
Now if you would either dump Lexmark as your OEM partner or develop Linux drivers for the All In One devices...........
Many Canadians have been waiting for Dell Canada to ship computers with Ubuntu installed. So far nothing. We re in mid-october already.
Your input would be appreciated
I bought an Inspiron E1505n (Ubuntu 7.04) as soon as they became available and I've been very satisfied. However, it's not Linux if you don't fiddle with it <g>, so...
I installed the Tribe 3 alpha release when it became available and have been updating since. I also did a fresh install when the RC was released and so far, everything looks very good.
I'll definitely keep an eye on your 7.10 wiki page. After all, if you guys don't know more about this stuff than I do, we're all in big trouble...
Thanks to your team for all the effort that's gone into the Ubuntu project!
I fully support what James-UK said. I purchased a Dell XPS M1210, wiped Vista from the drive and installed Ubuntu (even though it meant that I can not use the integrated ricoh card reader).
I buy latitudes at my organization and have been waiting for Dell to expand the preinstalled Ubuntu offering to the Latitude product line. Can you tell me if this will happy anytime soon since this summer I was due to buy a new laptop plus our organization is rethinking their desktop strategy for the future. Ubuntu will be the preferred distro so if Dell is planning on expanding the Ubuntu support across all desktop/laptop PCs you would be the preferred vendor. Any information you could provide would be helpful. We can not plan while being in the dark about Dell's intentions.
I appreciate the efforts on Dell's part. This seems to be a nice two way street. We buy their hardware and they extend kernel patches to improve compatibility with the kernel. The Linux world may be balkanized between fedora, suse, debian, the respective derivative, and others. However, all of the Linux distros share the kernel. Debian stable may not benefit from the new kernel patches from Dell, but certainly newer kernels (such as rolling released Arch, Debian testing, and new distros) will have those benefits.
I bought an Inspiron 530 for my son and it has been a great machine. We updated to 7.10 a little while back and it did great. I am more inclined for KDE personally...Are there any issues with KDE on the Dell machines, or should I be able to "upgrade" to KDE without much trouble?
I've been running Ubuntu on an old Inspiron 6000 since 5.06. It is good to hear that you plan to start selling Dell laptops with 7.10 pre-installed, but it'd be even better if you offered a wider range of configurations in all markets, desktops and laptops.
Based on the above, I'm tempted to buy the XPS M1330 next time I am in the US, wipe Vista and install 7.10.
The Inspiron runs fine except that it is a little slow for many applications (eg, XP emulation under Qemu). And I'd like to see an integrated webcam and microphone and full support of external monitors.