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May 25, 2007

Dell does Ubuntu and seeks Wal-Mart shoppers

As had been promised, Dell today announced three computers with the Ubuntu 7.04 Linux distribution preloaded. There was a bigger surprise, however, in the other announcement that Dell would start selling exclusive models of their PCs at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club retail stores in the USA and Canada. 


Posted at 8:09 am. Filed under Brands, Canonical, Companies, Dell, Desktop PC, Laptop, Linux, Notebook, Operating Systems, Ubuntu, Wal-Mart

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July 19, 2006

Ubuntu gets rave eWEEK review

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that Ubuntu seems to have the buzz as the “hottest” Linux distribution and now Jason Brooks weighs in at eWEEK:

Canonical’s Ubuntu 6.06 LTS is an excellent Linux-based operating system—so excellent, in fact, that it not only earned eWEEK Labs’ Analyst’s Choice designation but has also become our clear favorite among Linux desktop distributions.

This latest Ubuntu release, which became available in June, has won our ardor with a tight focus on desktop usability; an extremely active, helpful and organized user community; and a software installation and management framework that’s unsurpassed on any OS platform.

In addition to outperforming Linux rivals as a desktop OS, we found that Ubuntu is a solid choice for server deployments—provided, at least, that the sort of graphical management hand-holding that one would expect from Microsoft’s Windows Server or from Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server isn’t a priority.

Hit the link for the full review.

Posted at 11:52 am. Filed under Brands, Canonical, Companies, Linux, Operating Systems, Ubuntu

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July 3, 2006

Ubuntu passes Mac as next cool thing?

Paul Thurrott notes the defection of some prominent Mac users to the Ubuntu Linux distribution:

It’s curious to me that people are leaving OS X for Ubuntu, not because Ubuntu isn’t great, but because I figured anyone with that kind of gene in their body would be fine in Apple’s world. I guess not. Anyway… (former) Mac advocates Cory Doctorow and Mark Pilgrim are both switching to Ubuntu.

Tim O’Reilly has more on the trend (fad?) and you can read Doctorow’s and Pilgrim’s explanations for yourself, but this is all by way of a lead-in to Pilgrim’s essential software list:

Now that I’ve completed my move to Linux (sorry Mac fanboys, the install was flawless and everything worked out of the box), someone emailed me to suggest that I update my essential software list. So here you go.

1. Ubuntu, which is an ancient African word meaning “can’t install Debian”.

There are many more entries on the list, many with a touch of techie humor. The slant of the list is about making the transition from Mac user to Ubuntu user, but it’s got me thinking about the old Windows 98 machine sitting next to me that is about to go out of support.

Update 7/9: Also highly recommended is EasyUbuntu.

Posted at 10:49 am. Filed under Apple, Brands, Canonical, Companies, Linux, Macintosh, Operating Systems, Ubuntu

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