Dell’s Ubuntu 8.04 Plans

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| According to sources close to Dell, the Austin, Texas computer giant will be
| pre-installing Ubuntu 8.04 on its laptops and desktops starting in late June.

Ubuntu desktop (LTS) 8.04

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| The most impressive thing about it is that it can coexist with Windows XP on
| the same computer. I found out about this entirely by accident.

Last week:

[Dell] Going out of business sale! Buy XP before it’s too late!

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| I don’t recall ever seeing any company advertising the ‘old’ product over
| the ‘new’ product so strongly before, but Vista’s stink has grown so strong
| that it makes good business sense to promote XP over Vista. Has anyone ever
| been actually able to make a solid case for using Vista over XP? I haven’t
| seen one.


Dell casts doubts on Vista

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| Dell today revealed that it will restore the option to use Windows XP on
| some of its home systems, marking a potentially damaging blow to
| Microsoft's hopes for the newer Windows Vista.
| [...]
| While a popular request through the company's IdeaStorm website, the
| choice was substantially outnumbered by requests for pre-installed
| Linux, US-based technical support, and other features -- pointing to a
| larger general demand for the change. The turnaround may be a reflection of
| an overall backlash against Vista, observed IDC analyst Richard Shim.

Acer: PC industry 'disappointed' with Vista

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| Acer president Gianfranco Lanci became the first major PC manufacturer to
| openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system in the
| Financial Times Deutschland on Monday. *
| Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and
| businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report. Taiwan-based
| Acer is the world's fourth-largest PC manufacturer, after HP, Dell and
| Lenovo.
| "The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista," Lanci said.