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  • 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: Linux driver available for Dell Wireless cards

    Christopher Tozzi's blog from Thursday reminded me of the announcement that I never made: Linux driver support is now available to Dell-branded wireless cards. We started working closely with Broadcom early this year on providing this support, as our customers have been asking for a Linux driver...
  • Blog Post: Chrome OS Wi-Fi Support Running on a Mini 10v... Source Code Available

    Last week, Google released ChromiumOS to the open source community at http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os . ChromiumOS is a small, optimized OS whose purpose is to make it extremely simple and easy to browse the web. Without a network connection, ChromiumOS is not very interesting. With a network connection...
  • Blog Post: Latitude ON Arrives

    Latitude ON is a concept we've mentioned during the introduction of our Latitude E family of business laptops last year. You may have seen posts from sites like Engadget that discussed it in more detail. We figured the introduction of the Latitude Z was a good reason to start shipping the full hardware...
  • Blog Post: Resolution for Inspiron Mini/Ubuntu Linux Partitioning Issue

    Following up from my blog post from last week, we now have a simple and robust resolution for the drive partitioning issue on the Inspiron Mini 9 with Ubuntu Linux. Since some systems with 8GB or 16GB solid state drives (SSD's) only have 4 GB of space formatted, we needed a simple method to extend...
  • Blog Post: Mario joins Ubuntu Core-Dev team

    Lots of folks within Dell are committed to Linux initiatives. Ubuntu is a good example. Since we committed to offer it on certain consumer systems back in May last year , we've added many countries outside the US. Beyond just making it available though, we've also spent a lot of time to make...
  • Blog Post: Dell Mini 10v and Other Operating Systems

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about netbooks via IdeaStorm and through @Dell_Mini on Twitter since we asked you to join us last week. Since then, we've received lots of ideas and have over 150 followers on Twitter. We look forward to your continued feedback. One of the first things we noticed...
  • Blog Post: Dell @ the Red Hat Summit This Week

    The Red Hat Summit is taking place September 1-4 in Chicago, and Dell will be an active participant in the activities. We're an "Enterprise Sponsor" of the event, and we'll have a both in the partner pavilion, showing off our latest and greatest servers as well as giving away flashlights...
  • Blog Post: Dell on Google's Chrome OS and More

    There's been a lot of buzz in the blogosphere since Google announced the Chrome OS last week. For those of you who didn't follow the discussions, the Chrome OS is an experience-targeted cloud OS that has the potential to push the boundaries and definition of the alternative operating environment...
  • Blog Post: Ubuntu Now Available for Mini 10 Customers in the United States and Canada

    Over the last few weeks. we’ve been adding more features and options to the Inspiron Mini 10 , which will allow folks to personalize the popular companion device even more like a 720p HD edge-to-edge display, a bigger battery option and five Design Studio choices from Tristan Eaton. For customers...
  • Blog Post: Dell Recovery Tool Enhancements

    Hi Everyone, Today I'd like to announce some new features that have been introduced to the dell-recovery tool that we are shipping with Ubuntu machines. As you might have been aware, the dell-recovery tool takes the content of a Linux Dell recovery partition and builds it into a bootable ISO image...
  • Blog Post: Ubuntu Moblin Remix Developer Edition Available on Dell's Mini 10v

    Ubuntu Moblin Remix Developer Edition for the Inspiron Mini 10v is here. As we shared at the Intel Developer Forum today, Dell and Canonical have worked closely to ensure good hardware/software compatibility, and seamless integration between Ubuntu and Moblin . For those not familiar, Moblin is an open...
  • Blog Post: Dell Enterprise Products Webcast Today at 11:30am CST

    Later today, Stephen Schuckenbrock , president of Dell’s Large Enterprise group will unveil our Efficient Enterprise Portfolio of products in a webcast that will happen today at 11:30am Central Standard Time. You can register for the webcast by going to Dell.com/switch or by clicking on the...
  • Blog Post: Welcome the Inspiron 1525 to the Dell Ubuntu Family

    Earlier today, we added the Inspiron 1525 notebook to our family of Ubuntu products. And as with our other systems shipping Ubuntu 7.10 , Dell is including built-in DVD playback capabilities so that you can get the most out of your new Dell. Customers in the UK , France , Spain , and Germany may place...
  • Blog Post: Ubuntu Linux 9.04 - Technical Details

    Note from Lionel: It's been a while since I've talked about Linux on Direct2Dell. Shortly after Ubuntu 9.04 was released in April 2009, we had a request from IdeaStorm user Shannon VanWagner to start pre-loading 9.04 . Though it's late, we're now offering Ubuntu 9.04 on a few more Dell...
  • Blog Post: Inspiron Mini 9 with Ubuntu Linux - 8GB and 16 GB Hard Drives Not Fully Formatted

    Several customers (notably feranick and aysui on IdeaStorm) and tech websites ( Boy Genius Report , Gizmodo , and Mobile Computer Mag ) have pointed out that 8GB and 16GB drives on the Inspiron Mini 9 with Ubuntu Linux are not fully formatted. The manufacturing facility has only been partitioning the...
  • Blog Post: Dell Linux Engineering to participate in UDS-L (November 16-20)

    I'd like to announce that Dell Linux Engineers will hit the road to Dallas, TX to participate in the upcoming Ubuntu Developers Summit for Lucid Lynx (UDS-L) from December 16 - 20 Correction: November 16 - 20. Lucid Lynx is the code name for the upcoming release of Ubuntu , versioned 10.04. This...
  • Blog Post: efibootmgr v0.5.4

    efibootmgr is a tool for systems with EFI and UEFI BIOS running Linux, to edit the EFI Boot Manager boot option list from within Linux. efibootmgr v0.5.4 is released now. This is a minor update to 0.5.3 that most distributions have, cleanups and incorporating a few patches that the distros were carrying...
  • Blog Post: Dell Talks Fourth Wave of Supercomputing at SC08

    Michael Dell this morning addressed attendees of the SC08 conference and spoke of the 'fourth wave' of supercomputing where powerful HPC-based clusters will be used by organizations of all sizes to solve complex compute problems. SC08 is taking place in Dell's backyard in Austin, Texas...
  • Blog Post: More Ubuntu Linux Advertising?

    Since I'm back in the saddle again... while catching up on some reading, I came across a post from the VAR Guy that I thought was worth spending some time on. In that post, the VAR Guy notes that we advertised a Ubuntu-based Inspiron Mini 9 over the weekend in some newspapers. I've done a bit...