Posted on 22-May-2007 08:24.
Filed under: News
The official Dell D2D blog has posted the guidelines for the first Ubuntu release on Dell systems. It is now confirmed that Dell will be offering Ubuntu 7.04 with select systems.
The default software from the Ubuntu media will be installed on the systems, including kernel and applications. Peripheral options offered with Ubuntu will be a subset of what is offered with other operating systems. Dell says it's offering the hardware options on each system that have the most mature and stable Linux driver support.
Open source drivers are installed and configured when possible, otherwise partial open-source or closed source ("restricted" in Ubuntu terms) drivers will be used where there is no equivalent open-source driver. This includes Intel wireless cards and Conexant modems.
Uses will be able to access a wiki page on linux.dell.com website, with access to technical details of the supported systems, information on the device drivers used for system peripherals, details of our Ubuntu factory-installation, and information on the problems we found during system testing, with their fixes and workarounds.
Dell is recommending Linux users buy Dell printers that have PostScript engines.
The company is working with the vendors to improve the maturity and stability of their associated Linux drivers, and expect to have a broader range of hardware support with Linux over time.
At this time, Dell will not be including any support for proprietary audio or video codecs that are not already distributed with Ubuntu 7.04. These include MPEG 1/2/3/4, WMA, WMV, DVD, Quicktime, etc. but options for providing this support in the future are being evaluated.