[ILUG] Fwd: Dell: Ubuntu Linux 9.04 now available
smulcahy at atlanticlinux.ie
Thu Oct 15 09:06:21 IST 2009
"Though it's late, we're now offering Ubuntu 9.04 on
a few more Dell machines to customers in the United
Do they offer any Ubuntu machines in Ireland?
Andrew McCarthy wrote:
> Hi folks,
> The e-mail below is the first in a loooong time to the
> linux-announce at dell.com list. Might be interesting to some of ye.
> ----- Forwarded message from Matt Domsch <Matt_Domsch at dell.com> -----
> Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 15:48:17 -0500
> From: Matt Domsch <Matt_Domsch at dell.com>
> To: linux-announce at dell.com
> Subject: Ubuntu Linux 9.04 now available
> John Hull, in this blog post, describes Dell's Ubuntu Linux 9.04
> product offering.
> Note from Lionel: It's been a while since I've talked about Linux on
> Direct2Dell. Shortly after Ubuntu 9.04 was released in April 2009, we
> had a request from IdeaStorm user Shannon VanWagner to start
> pre-loading 9.04. Though it's late, we're now offering Ubuntu 9.04 on
> a few more Dell machines to customers in the United
> States. Specifically the Studio XPS 13, Inspiron 15, and the Inspiron
> 537 desktop. The Mini 10 and the 10v are still running a customized
> version of the 8.04 version of the Ubuntu OS. And the Mini 10v can be
> ordered with Ubuntu Moblin Remix Developer Edition.
> To see all the systems we're offering with Linux, go to
> With that context, I'll turn things over to John Hull so he can shed
> light on what to expect from Ubunu 9.04.
> I'd like to give a quick update on the technical details for what we
> have added with our 9.04 release. We have continued to build and
> improve upon on what we did for our previous Ubuntu offerings, and
> here are some of the highlights:
> * We now provide Cyberlink's PowerDVD application for DVD playback
> (instead of LinDVD which we previously shipped). We also
> continue to provide Fluendo GStreamer codecs for mp3, wma, and
> wmv playback, which will work with your favorite Linux media
> * We created and provided a new GUI tool for creating
> recovery/restore media for the OS
> * We provide a new method to recover your Ubuntu preload from the
> hard drive
> * We have chosen to use GRUB 2 bootloader instead of the Ubuntu
> default GRUB 1 (a.k.a. GRUB legacy) bootloader. We have been
> testing GRUB 2 for over a year now, and feel it is ready for
> general use. The Ubuntu community has decided to make GRUB 2 the
> default in Ubuntu 9.10, so our customers will already have that
> feature enabled.
> * A common complaint we heard a few years ago was that there were
> no Linux drivers for Dell wireless cards. As of the date of this
> blog post, all currently-shipping Intel- and Dell-branded
> wireless cards (as well as most from the past several years) are
> now supported natively in Ubuntu 9.04. These drivers should also
> be included in most other newer Linux distributions as well.
> * Our Ubuntu 9.04 offering is still the 32-bit version and not the
> 64-bit version ("amd64" architecture). We continue to evaluate
> when to make the transition, and the main sticking point
> continues to be solid, stable Adobe Flash support for
> 64-bit. There are currently options
> available in the community, including a beta of a native 64-bit
> plugin. However, none of these have proven to be reliably
> stable, so we'll continue working with Adobe until a viable
> option is available.
> For more information, our Dell wiki page for 9.04 can be found at the
> previous link. If you would like to download and install 9.04 with
> our custom Ubuntu ISO, it can be downloaded here.
> As always, please report any OS issues in Launchpad, or you can always
> ask any general questions to our linux-desktops mailing list..
Stephen Mulcahy Atlantic Linux http://www.atlanticlinux.ie
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