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    Linux on Netbooks. A dropped ball?

    Some time ago I bought a Dell Precision with factory-installed RedHat. This RedHat lasted less than 3 hours; afterwards, I removed it and installed Fedora 8. The reasons:
    1. Redhat came with an old version of the kernel which did not had the built-in for the wireless card (Intel 4965AG). They shipped it with a wireless driver for the previous card. When I tried to get the driver from them, it turned out that I need to activate my redhat subscription first and wait for several days before it goes through the activation process.

    2. Redhat, being commercial, is very slow on introducing new versions of software packages: they want to be sure that they can provide support for their customers, that is, that the software has no hidden issues. As a result, you are very likely to be stuck, say, with OpenOffice 2.0 while everybody is already using OpenOffice 3.0.

    Well, I did not mind installing another distribution myself, but I can imagine that it might put off some people who decided to give Linux a try. Here you are: the computer arrived, you turn it on, but it has a major connectivity problem, and you cannot even correct it because you are in the environment where a wired connection is not available!
    Posted 12-01-2008 at 05:21 PM by jgrnst jgrnst is offline
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    Linux on Netbooks. A dropped ball?

    For what it's worth: I agree with both the author of the article and ctsiow. Hope someone at Dell and/or Canonical reads this post and starts doing something about it.
    Posted 12-01-2008 at 02:40 PM by jozik jozik is offline
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    Linux on Netbooks. A dropped ball?

    Some very good points here. It is OK to install a customised version of Linux on a system but not really ok to make it too customised. I do like ubuntu and as you say there is a huge amount of software available, but should dell be sticking to lpia packages? Not in my opinion. If more "ordinary" people are to be enthused by Linux they need a system that is easy to configure, more stable than other os and see what a wide range of open source software there is out there. We don't want people saying "Well I tried that Linux stuff but I don't see what all the fuss is about." Their first exposure to Linux MUST be a positive experience or we will lose them.
    Just my 2 pence worth.
    Posted 12-01-2008 at 10:21 AM by ctsiow ctsiow is offline


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