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Apr 18 2007   3:03PM GMT

Dude, Mike Dell is getting a Dell (with Ubuntu)!



Posted by: ITKE
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Dell UbuntuDell CEO Michael Dell has apparently added a new laptop to his personal collection of, well, Dell computers and accessories. That’s pretty unremarkable in and of itself, until you see which OS he has running the thing: Ubuntu 7.04.

From Direct2Dell:

I just heard that Michael’s added a new notebook to his hardware collection. It’s a Precision M90 mobile workstation with Ubuntu 7.04 and a list of open-source applications. He’s also running an NVIDIA Quadro FX 3500 graphics card with 512MB RAM.

Direct2Dell already has a comment up regarding their chief executive’s big purchase, and it includes some great questions:

1. Where’d he get it. Can I buy one?
2. Who installed Ubuntu for him? Was it factory installed?

Dude, you’re getting Ubuntu. So sweet. (and yes, that’s the last time I’ll ever be caught referencing one of the most annoying marketing campaigns ever conceived by man)

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  • ITKE
    Making Linux an available option would add lots of customers for Dell and would also save money for both Dell and the consumer.
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  • Cbo
    Nice win for opensource if Dell the company actually goes for Ubuntu as it's mobile OS choice. I hope the person who installed it on Dell's mobile computer installed the 3D Nvidia drivers and the 3D Desktop options. They can also set up his email client (Evolution). Just so that Dell get's the royal treatment. Good Luck Dell! Make me a Happy Consumer! I will buy one as soon as it comes out and I have more geek friends interested in purchasing a mobile computer running Linux. However, don't make it more expensive then a Windows machine with the same exact hardware. As we are not stupid and will purchase the computer that cost the least. And I will be pissed as such a tactic must involve Microsoft to execute. CBO
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  • ITKE
    He failed in the world of property. I wish him goodluck in the world of freedom. I am a "Amsterdammer". Poor bastards, all of you....
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  • ITKE
    I believe Dell did offer Linux on systems in the past, but the cost saving was not there. We know the big hardware manufacturers get MS Windows at greatly reduced price, but we need to see Linux offerings at least $80 cheaper than Windows equivalent.
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  • ITKE
    http://shipit.ubuntu.com April 19 2007
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  • ITKE
    Seriouly, if M.Dell was going to get a laptop why would he get one with only 512MB RAM. Sounds fishy to me. I would have thought his would have at least the MAX RAM if not more than that somehow soldered in by his techie guys.
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  • ITKE
    This is great news and could be an indication that Michael Dell wants to verify for himself how user friendly Ubuntu really is. I'm glad to hear he's using v7.04 since it has some great improvements over previous ones. I hope it also has KDE(Kubuntu-desktop) installed so he can compare the two desktops.
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  • ITKE
    "if M.Dell was going to get a laptop why would he get one with only 512MB RAM." Ummmm, that's the video card that has 512MB of RAM, not the laptop. The Quadro FX 3500 is a high-end video card. I would think the laptop has at least a couple of GB of RAM.
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  • ITKE
    Correction, a couple clicks later and I see that it has 4GB of DDR2 ... nice :)
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  • ITKE
    For comment 6 I believe it means 512MB of ram on the video card, which as far as I know is pretty decent for a laptop, definitely more than any linux user could ever need. If they really do start selling linux computers that will be a big win for the open source community. Even if there isn't a big price cut it would still be nice to buy a new computer I wouldn't have to reformat as soon as I get it to be running linux. Also Dell was going to sell them in the past but MS put pressure on them to not sell them but I believe MS has less power now than back then and I know Mike Dell will do what ever will make his company money and make his customers happy since that is what makes money.
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  • ITKE
    the 512MB Ram is for his video card. Near the top it says 4GB DDR2 667Mhz DRAM.
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  • ITKE
    "Seriously, if M.Dell was going to get a laptop why would he get one with only 512MB RAM. Sounds fishy to me. I would have thought his would have at least the MAX RAM if not more than that somehow soldered in by his techie guys." dude i think that's 512 of vid memory, think outside the box a little here, if Mr. Dell is making such purchases it means a personal interest, that will hopefully transfer into some part of business as usual (we hope) I have a modest seed saved for my next hardware purchase hopefully i will be able to snowball that into a shiny new ubuntu box with all the bells and whistles direct from DELL!!!!!!!!!!
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  • ITKE
    is Vcard has 512MB RAM, is actual laptop is 4GIGS
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  • Nick
    He got a machine with 4 gigs of RAM.. the 512 is video ram..
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  • ITKE
    I think you are reading the quote wrong. I don't think its stating the memory of the machine but the memory of the graphics card. I could be wrong but, thats how it looks to me.
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  • Raysablade
    Wow!!!! I want one. I have wanted a laptop for a while but wouldn't buy one with M$ crap on it. Well done Dell.
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