Are You Getting a Dell?

Dell's pre-installing Ubuntu. Now the question is whether the community is buying. Take our informal poll and let us know what Dell is doing right and what they still need to work on.

With Dell making good on their promise to pre-install Linux on a selection of systems — and at roughly $200 cheaper than identical Windows offerings at that — we thought we’d run an informal poll to gauge the response to the new machines.

Submit your responses to the poll below to view the results. Comments are open and feedback is welcome.

Comments on "Are You Getting a Dell?"


I heard a rumor that 10% of Dell laptops available with Ubuntu were going out that way. That’s a milestone.

If you look at the Intel whitepapers from their recent development conference, they openly tout their willingness to share graphics APIs with the open source community. That’s a milestone.

If you look at the rumor that Dell was a major factor in Broadcom’s recent Linux driver release for their NICs, that’s a milestone.

Enough of the distro wars, already. My eight-year-old is quite happy with Ubuntu except for the @#$%!! Doze games, and it just works for him. Me, I’m more happy with its total available software availability/compatibility than I am sad about its weird root user structure. I also love the documentation section in the package manager, a real help and a first to my knowledge.

And, yes, my 5 year old Inspiron quite happily runs Ubuntu 8.04, although I haven’t tried getting Dell’s latest drivers et al for it. I run Folding@Home on it 24×7 and it’s almost as responsive as my new four-core minitower with Doze. (and THAT’s much happier as a FreeBSD 7 server!)

Kick ASCII, guys! We got ‘em on the run!!!


well. i’m new to linux; since start using it (ubuntu) it quite nice just issue of drivers specially for latest machine like i have dell latitude e4300 but most of the driver not available; like wireless, fingerprint, esata, contactless smartcard, webcam…. so if those not provide on time then not nice to have linux preinstalled.

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