Recent Comments on Ideahttp://www.ideastorm.com/services/xml/_idea_details?name=087700000000B0NAAU&community=09a3000000007Tl&ideaTitleLink=%2FideaView2013-05-19T16:01:57.670Zvida_k commented on Linux on Vostro?vida_khttps://www.salesforce.com/00a70000004N7LsAAKChanged status to <span>**IMPLEMENTED**</span>.vida_k commented on Linux on Vostro?vida_khttps://www.salesforce.com/00a70000004N7LtAAKHere you go!
http://direct2dell.com/one2one/archive/2008/08/27/new-vostro-systems-for-emerging-markets-ubuntu-in-more-countries.aspxjohn_h commented on Linux on Vostro?john_hhttps://www.salesforce.com/00a70000004N5JnAAKThe Vostro 1200 and 410 are currently certified with SLED 10, with more to come. However, we're not planning to offer SLED 10 pre-installed right now.matt_d commented on Linux on Vostro?matt_dhttps://www.salesforce.com/00a70000004N5JYAA0jack_satan, the plan is to add Novell/SLE certification on new platforms as they become available.aikiwolfie commented on Linux on Vostro?aikiwolfiehttps://www.salesforce.com/00a70000004N5JTAA0The trouble is jack_satan Dell aren't interested.jack_satan commented on Linux on Vostro?jack_satanhttps://www.salesforce.com/00a70000004N5JQAA0One other thing - that Novell website does not list the Vostro laptops. Is that because they were not offered for testing or because there is something inherently incompatible?jack_satan commented on Linux on Vostro?jack_satanhttps://www.salesforce.com/00a70000004N5JPAA0Aikiwolfie - I think the comment on "not buying from Dell" is missing the point. This website is dedicated to being able to communicate with Dell so that they can modify their product line without losing their loyal customers. I too would very much like to see the Vostro laptop line available with linux - or w/o an operating system. I'd specificaly like to see it available on the 1000 line. From the standpoint of a small business IT department, it begins to become a much simpler decision to replace the entire company's (10) aging computers with brand new laptops that would in agregate only cost around $3,000. We do not have a rolling cycle of replacing systems on a 3 year basis, and for us it would make much more sense to simply replace everything over a weekend once every five years or so. Having an option to get brand new systems at that price point would serve as an impetus to replace our systems more often - as basic and low end as the bottom rung Vostro 1000 is, it is still head and shoulders above the 2003 era computers we use in our office.aikiwolfie commented on Linux on Vostro?aikiwolfiehttps://www.salesforce.com/00a70000004N56EAAS@champ ... Windows has had it's share of those issues too.champ commented on Linux on Vostro?champhttps://www.salesforce.com/00a70000004N55YAASWith all due respect, I doubt the "rigorous QA testing" of Ubuntu on the Linux machines judging from all the microphone and suspend/hibernate issues I've seen flying around. It would not be hard to test each hunk of hardware with Linux. Some wifi chipsets may not work well with Ubuntu, but those are pretty easily tested, and just bring up a red error when building an incompatible combination. They do that kind of thing all the time. "You selected a SATA device, but no SATA addon card" or errors to that effect. Just say "That wifi card won't work in Ubuntu".piratehead commented on Linux on Vostro?pirateheadhttps://www.salesforce.com/00a70000004N52jAACI think you guys underestimate the work that Dell does when it releases Ubuntu on its machines. They are putting their name on the line in this experiment, and they want to make it profitable and grand, so I can see why they put a lot of resources into these releases and don't take them lightly.
Dell wants to be a brand name synonymous with quality, and releasing Ubuntu without rigorous QA testing and hardware improvements would do them and us no favors.zanlok commented on Linux on Vostro?zanlokhttps://www.salesforce.com/00a70000004N4HuAAKagreed, champ.
personally, I wish they would consolidate some of the linux ideas. linux should get a special flag, as well. perhaps another for open source. surely these are not original thoughts; I wouldn't even pretend it. but it would be nice to have it get done.champ commented on Linux on Vostro?champhttps://www.salesforce.com/00a70000004N50JAASThere are ideas out there that pretty much say "Offer Linux on every computer that can run linux". That would solve all these issues. Instead of hiding Linux in a deep, dark corner, just make it a option on each computer at build time. When spec'ing out a computer, your OS options should be
All XP flavors
All Vista Flavors
The only reason they wouldn't do this is because it would piss off Microsoft. Seriously, that's it.piratehead commented on Linux on Vostro?pirateheadhttps://www.salesforce.com/00a70000004N4HlAAKNo plans" means just that -- there are no plans in the works.
Since Vostro and Latitude laptops are targeted at business customers, it makes sense to offer SuSE Enterprise Linux, which is similarly business-oriented. Ubuntu is more consumer-oriented today, but as Ubuntu expands its enterprise appeal, we may see more demand from the Vostro/Latitude target market for Ubuntu pre-installed.
Of course, Dell has stated many times that they work hard to make sure Linux works well on all of their machines, so Microsoft tax aside, you will probably be able to use Ubuntu on your Vostro without a hassle.aikiwolfie commented on Linux on Vostro?aikiwolfiehttps://www.salesforce.com/00a70000004N4zMAASI think it goes without saying that if demand is high enough Dell will reconsider. So if you want to see Ubuntu rolled out across the Vostro line, find out what models Ubuntu works on with the least amount of fuss and start pushing the issue.
Thanks for the reply matt. It's always appreciated. Nice link too :o)okroger104 commented on Linux on Vostro?okroger104https://www.salesforce.com/00a70000004N4zKAASWell said aikiwolfie. Well said.zanlok commented on Linux on Vostro?zanlokhttps://www.salesforce.com/00a70000004N4zAAASThere you have it. Does the "no plans" mean that further review of this idea isn't an option? Wouldn't you say, conceptually speaking, that this makes sense, though? ...to help make Vostro ultra-economical (that's the brand's space, after all).matt_d commented on Linux on Vostro?matt_dhttps://www.salesforce.com/00a70000004N4z1AACThe Vostro 1200, along with many other platforms, are certified with Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop or SuSE Linux Enterprise Server.
lists the cert for the Vostro 1200. You can search this same site for other systems.
At the moment, we have no plans to pre-install the Vostro 1400 with Ubuntu.aikiwolfie commented on Linux on Vostro?aikiwolfiehttps://www.salesforce.com/00a70000004N4yhAACThe installation issues you faced, as small as they may have been are probably why Dell aren't offering Ubuntu on Vostro systems. Now it goes without saying, it makes sense to make sure your bottom of the range systems can run Linux at a time when a lot of cheap Linux boxes are appearing in stores.
To be honest I'm getting tired of the "Microsoft Tax" argument. You didn't pay any tax to Microsoft. You choose to buy a system with Vista Basic already installed which would have been advertised at the time of purchase. Now I'm not overly familiar with the Vostro line. But I'm betting one of the current Ubuntu offerings from Dell would have been just as good. If not better. For a similar price tag.
If you don't want to pay Microsoft any money then don't buy systems with Windows pre-installed. Granted, Dell don't offer much choice there. But they do offer a choice now. If Dell don't have what your looking for then I'm betting you can buy a bare bones system from the local PC store. Send your business there instead. Then Dell will get the message.
It's fine to ask Dell to roll Ubuntu out onto more systems. But we just don't need another Linux v Windows thread.