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Dell is  NOT currently shipping Ubuntu 9.10.  This wiki serves as a launchpoint to provide information about the Ubuntu image that will be shipped as well as known issues for systems that are shipped with Ubuntu.

If you are currently using Ubuntu (either on a supported system or loaded it yourself), feel free to add details on the known issues pages.

Known Issues

This known issues section can be used to track known issues with this release of Ubuntu and any fixes/workarounds.  These can be generic to all Dell hardware, specific to supported hardware or even community driven personally installed hardware.

Known Issues


Base Factory Install Image

The factory installation process is a layered process that supports adding in additional drivers, software packages, and fixes.  Because of this, it's not possible to post an entire image that will work on every system.  Instead, it's possible to generate a base image that provides a majority of support for Dell hardware and doesn't include any proprietary software or codecs that you only get if purchasing a system with Ubuntu on it already.  Be sure to visit the known issues section for information about problems you may run into.

Build Factory Recovery ISO

Factory Reinstallation Directions


Recovery Image for Factory Shipped Systems

If you have purchased a system with Ubuntu pre-loaded, congratulations.  After creating your user, one of the first things you should do is create recovery media that contains all of the preloaded software, drivers, and scripts.  This media is specific to your particular order.

Create Recovery Media

  • New to Dell forums, had my Dell Inspiron 1545 Laptop for six months now.  The first thing I did was get rid of Vista and install Linux.  I've tried a lot of distributions, plain Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Linux Mint, all in both i386 and x86_64.  They all failed in one fashion or another.  Even the famous openSUSE could not satisfy me.  Redhat would not work either.  Finally I came across a forum in Ubuntu, a man said he had Ubuntu 9.04 like Dell put in their computers, so I went to that site and looking further found Ubuntu 9.10, Dell_X02.  That's what I have in mine now with Kubuntu Desktop and KDE 4.3.2.  The only thing is, it's i386, not x86_64.  What I like, though, is this distro. uses all my hardware drivers, "no problems with wireless" and no incompatibilities.  Thanks Dell and Mario for letting this out.


  • <p>I have installed Ubuntu Lucid 32-bits in my Dell Inspiron 1501 with WinXP dual boot. I works nice, is faster than WinXP and I have no problems to install restricted drivers. I hope to buy my next laptop with Ubuntu instead of WinXP. The Ubuntu Comunity have many answers to my questions whether I looked for any support.</p>

    <p>I did not try to install the Ubuntu 64-bits distribution although the laptop processor is able, because I have WinXP 32-bits installed.</p>