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  • Blog Post: firmware-tools update—Brand-spanking-new GUI.

    Get it while it's hot. After being available for two years now, the formerly CLI-only firmware-tools now has a pretty slick GUI, called 'inventory_firmware_gui'. Firmware-tools is available in the Dell Software Repository. Installation instructions on setting up the Software Repository are here: http...
  • Blog Post: Remastering Ubuntu ISOs with the "Disc Remastering Utility" (DRU) Project

    Since we released our remastered Ubuntu 7.04 ISOs last week, several people in the Ubuntu community have been asking how we created those images. The answer is with the Disc Remastering Utility (DRU) , an open-source project we recently released for customizing Ubuntu media. It was originally developed...
  • Blog Post: Xen & VMware: Different Approaches

    In a previous post on virtualization , Direct2Dell reader John Oliver asked for a comparison between Xen and VMware . In this post, I’ll cover some of the differences in architecture behind these two virtualization products and how the technology is shaping up for the future. VMware ESX Server’s architecture...
  • Blog Post: Linux for Consumers in the U.K. France, and Germany; Dell/Red Hat Solutions & More

    I hinted at this before , but today, it's official: Dell announced that consumers in the United Kingdom, France and Germany can order an Inspiron E1505N 6400 notebook or an Inspiron 530N desktop with Ubuntu 7.04 pre-installed. Update—8/8, 11:30PM CDT: Just realized I never added the links for purchasing...
  • Blog Post: Dell at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit

    The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit runs April 8-10 this week here in Austin, and a number of people from Dell will be attending to discuss the current status and future direction of Linux. On Tuesday, Matt Domsch will be participating in a panel discussion titled "State of Linux Roundtable...
  • Blog Post: Dell to Expand Linux Options

    Your feedback on Dell IdeaStorm has been astounding. Thank you! We hear your requests for desktops and notebooks with Linux . We’re crafting product offerings in response, but we’d like a little more direct feedback from you: your preferences, your desires. We recognize some people prefer notebooks over...
  • Blog Post: Dell Ubuntu 7.10 release -- Factory Install overview

    The purpose of this blog post is to provide a simple overview of the Dell factory installation of Ubuntu 7.10, what we do to customize our image and how we do it as well as the various reinstallation options we have provided. The first thing that you should know about the Dell factory install is that...
  • Blog Post: Dell to Offer Ubuntu 7.04

    In February when Dell launched IdeaStorm as forum for customers to contribute ideas for product offerings, we received overwhelming feedback that customers wanted Linux on desktops and notebooks. As part of an overall effort to update our Linux program, today we are announcing a partnership with Canonical...
  • Blog Post: Ubuntu OS now an option on Alienware X51 gaming rig

    We’ve heard from potential Alienware customers like acelin in his idea on IdeaStorm that you wanted to buy an Alienware with Ubuntu. Linux gaming just took a big step forward with the release of the Alienware X51 gaming desktop with Ubuntu OS for customers in the United States. This means Alienware...
  • Blog Post: Michael's Got a New Notebook...

    I just heard that Michael's added a new notebook to his hardware collection . It's a Precision M90 mobile workstation with Ubuntu 7.04 and a list of open-source applications. He's also running an NVIDIA Quadro FX 3500 graphics card with 512MB RAM. I figured a few of you might want to know.
  • Blog Post: Dell at LinuxWorld this Week

    As many of you know, the 2008 LinuxWorld Conference and Expo is taking place this week in San Franciscso. Several of us at Dell will be attending to take part in the "Desktop Linux" track. I'll be part of a panel discussion titled " OEM Desktop Panel Discussion - We’re shipping...
  • Blog Post: Dell at Red Hat Summit and FUDCon

    This week, Dell will be out "in force" at the Red Hat Summit in Boston. If you're attending the show, be sure to stop by the Dell booth in the expo area, where we'll have one of our new PowerEdge M1000e modular blade enclosures on hand, as well as a Precision M6300 mobile workstation...
  • Blog Post: Weekly Recap: Dell in the News–November 30 Edition

    Welcome to the latest edition of the Weekly Recap, your guide to the week's Dell-related news and happenings. TOP STORY OF THE WEEK Dell Extends BYOD Reach with Wyse PocketCloud – Datamation , November 30, 2012 Dell today announced that PocketCloud Explore is now available...
  • Blog Post: Latitude Notebooks Join Dell n-Series

    Since we launched Dell IdeaStorm last week, Linux-related topics own three of the top four spots in terms of overall popularity. To see the progress made on some of the top ideas from the first week, take a look at the ideas in action tab . I wanted to share some details that bring us a bit closer...
  • Blog Post: Solution Providers: Part of Dell's Fresh Approach

    At the end of April, there was some buzz in the media and the blogosphere about Dell potentially moving beyond the direct model. Earlier this week, CRN's Ed Moltzen visited Dell, and during that time here, he sat down with Michael to find out what that means to Dell's business. Ed posted the Q&A...
  • Blog Post: Interest in Linux Outside the United States

    If you spend any amount of time on Direct2Dell and IdeaStorm , it's pretty obvious that Linux is a popular topic. On IdeaStorm, Linux and open source-related ideas are commonly some of the most popular ones. Currently the Sell Linux PCs Worldwide idea by ergo and Dell Ubuntu for Europe by yesmathew...
  • Blog Post: DKMS and biosdevname releases

    This week I've managed to clean up my TODO list quite a bit, including getting releases of two apps I maintain out the door. First, I've posted DKMS v2.0.17.4. Big changes include a couple fixes: installs during --rpm_safe_upgrade could incorrectly fail SLES10 driver disk creation...
  • Blog Post: Use the Source, Luke!

    Fedora , like quite a few Linux distributions, aims for the technical challenge of being self-hosting, that is, one should be able to recompile each of the packages in Fedora 10 using a copy of Fedora 10, and get exactly the same result. For Open Source and Free Software developers, this is a critical...
  • Blog Post: Broadening Customer Choice at Dell

    Over the past year we have demonstrated our commitment to delivering more customer choice and listening to customers: We've added Ubuntu to consumer systems We'llsoon offer SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop on commercial OptiPlex systems in China We'veworked with Red Hat to simplify...
  • Blog Post: efibootmgr public GIT repository

    Since 2001 I have been the author and maintainer of the Linux tool efibootmgr , which is used to edit the boot menu on EFI and UEFI -capable systems. It hasn't needed much maintenance for several years, as it "just works" and there aren't many systems that use EFI yet. But I do get...
  • Blog Post: Linux Options

    It’s exciting to see the IdeaStorm community’s interest in open source solutions like Linux and OpenOffice. Your feedback has been all about flexibility and we have seen a consistent request to provide platforms that allow people to install their operating system of choice. We are listening...
  • Blog Post: Dell Announces Masters Program for Dell TechCenter

    Earlier this week I blogged about my data center colleagues over at Dell's Enterprise Technology Center (aka Dell TechCenter). They are a community of system-admins, data center managers and other technical people that are on the hunt for new ways to get more out of their data center servers, storage...
  • Blog Post: Extended Warranties on Ubuntu Systems Back Soon

    Recently, folks like Slashdot and others reported that we are no longer offering extended warranties or CompleteCare on Ubuntu-based systems. User johnnyk submitted an idea on IdeaStorm asking us to bring back warranty options for these systems. The short answer—we will soon. Here’s the deal: due...
  • Blog Post: Matt interviewed for LinuxWorld Podcast

    I was interviewed by Don Marti for his LinuxWorld Podcast series. We talked about the new XPS M1330 notebook that was carrying at LinuxWorld, and the kinds of choices we make when deciding what hardware to sell with Linux. As I've noted here before , Open Source drivers are key. Note, Dell hasn't...
  • Blog Post: Crowd-Sourcing the Discussion @ LinuxWorld

    LinuxWorld happens next week in San Francisco on August 6 - 9. As part of our activities there, Kevin Kettler, our Chief Technology Officer will deliver a keynote on Tuesday, August 7, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM. To augment his keynote, we are asking the Linux community to vote on five potential topics over on...