LCE: Linux, hardware vendors, and enterprise distributors
Posted Sep 5, 2007 17:08 UTC (Wed) by bfields
Parent article: LCE: Linux, hardware vendors, and enterprise distributors
he praised how Dell has taken care to put together hardware which is entirely supportable with free drivers to ship with Ubuntu pre-loaded.
According to Dell's site they've got two desktops and a laptop for sale in the US which ship with Ubuntu. The two desktops only ship with nVidia graphics, and if you didn't already know that means proprietary drivers will be required for full support, then there's nothing on the website to tell you that.
I'm typing this on the laptop (a 1420n), which shipped with two proprietary drivers, one for the Intel wireless, one for the modem. I assume the need for the proprietary wireless driver will go away with a kernel upgrade at some point, and I don't ever expect to use the modem, so I'm not complaining--it's a fine laptop, and about as free-software compatible as what I could get anywhere else.
I can find desktops on Dell's website with Intel graphics. So I'm not sure what the criteria were for choosing these two desktops to install Ubuntu on (no doubt they had some good reason), but "entirely supportable with free drivers" can't have been at the top of the list.
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