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Connecting the dots ….. security advisories, Dell, and Linux

Its funny how sometimes the dots just get connected. As I was smiling to myself on seeing this latest note in my feeds about Microsofts latest security advisory, I saw this right after at Engadget.

There’s still no press release but those three Dell’s running Ubuntu (Linux) are just minutes away from donning their direct-sales wings according to Dell’s official Direct2Dell site.

Source: Engadget

My posting has been spotty over the last two weeks, as I accustomed myself to a non Windows world for the first time, since Win 3.1 appeared.  It has been very smooth, and if you are buying a Dell, my advice is to not hesitate.  Reasons – no hard drive churning, no virus worries, laptop (Thinkpad X60s) feels like it just got a turbocharger & no crashes.

For those who appreciate such things, take a look ….


Written by Colin Henderson

May 24, 2007 at 15:52

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  1. I switched over to Linux (Ubuntu) on my desktop about a month ago. The installer was flawless. Everything seems to “just work” (hahaha Apple). I was connected to the internet without having to configure anything. I could even connect to my Windows Network at home without doing anything. It can read an NTFS file system, so I can open and use my data files on the Windows partition. Ubuntu installs with all the “typical” applications you would need like Firefox, Email, Open Office (word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentations), Music Player, DVD/CD Burning Software, etc. so you don’t need to go out and install these separately.

    The big test was using Ubuntu with my iPod. Ubuntu should be smart enough to automatically detect when an iPod is plugged in and should work automatically with the music software on the PC (there are very good iTunes counterparts). When I attached my iPod it was not automatically detected. I went through a very technical quest to understand how to mount the iPod, and how to get software to recognize
    it. What was funny was that once I had it all figured out and decided to run through the whole process end to end, I plugged
    in the iPod and Ubuntu automatically recognized it (even added a nice iPod icon to my desktop) and it was accessible without any other work! So clearly, it can handle these things, but perhaps needs a little work.

    Nonetheless I am still impressed.

    John Januszczak

    May 24, 2007 at 20:49

  2. Thanks for sharing that John. My experience was somewhat similar … I decided to make life slightly difficult for myself, and installed Xubuntu, which doesn’t have all the bells and whistles out of the box that Ubuntu comes with. But a couple of installs later, of a network manager, and a power manager, and I was linked to the net, and the power features on my laptop all worked. In fact my battery life is now longer, than it was on Windows. There are just so many fewer processes running in Linux.


    May 24, 2007 at 23:14

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