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  • phoronix
    started a topic Dell Offers Ubuntu PC With ATI Graphics

    Dell Offers Ubuntu PC With ATI Graphics

    Phoronix: Dell Offers Ubuntu PC With ATI Graphics

    Yesterday we shared that Dell has started shipping Ubuntu 8.04 PCs. Initially there are only three "Dellbuntu" PCs (two notebooks and one desktop) with this Long-Term Support (LTS) release of Ubuntu, but additional models will begin appearing as soon as next month...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NjYwMQ

  • mega_mike
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    Not too hopeful

    I currently have a Dell Inspiron 6400 with an ATI Radeon Mobility x1400 card and I am running Ubuntu 8.04.

    I gotta say I have had nothing but headaches with this graphics card. I recently upgraded to the Catalyst 8.7 driver and it has yet to fix my issues. Specifically every time I use my laptop (compiz enabled) my system graphically grinds to a halt after roughly 6 hours of usage. Trying to restart the X server results in a hard system lockup where I have to issue direct kernel commands to reboot the laptop.

    If Dell is going to start shipping laptops with ATI cards they need to lean on ATI hard to fix up their drivers. Its true the driver performance has improved, but stability has not been addressed. And I agree with Dell that until stability is addressed, these drivers are not ready for prime time.

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  • Kano
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    Well Dell introduced dkms, thats an interesting way to compile drivers but I don't know of other big development things which came from Dell. At least I would not think that when a system was tested with Ubuntu 8.04 it will work with 8.10 or similar Linux systems which use kernel 2.6.26 or newer. Also currently there is no way to use Xserver 1.5 based distros with ATI fglrx binary driver like FC9 or Ubuntu 8.10 test versions. So I don't think that the ATI graphics based systems are a so good choice to buy.

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  • RobbieAB
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    Originally posted by Kano View Post
    Well Dell Vostro 1000 has lots of problems with the new 2.6.26 kernel. 2.6.24 works - thats a Turion on AMD chipset with onboard ATI graphics...
    1: That's clearly a regression in the kernel, and should be bugzied as such.
    2: If Dell want to ship a budget laptop with linux, you think they won't be able to find a component set that works?
    3: You seriously think Dell can't afford the tech/dev time to fix any problems? After all, these laptops are based on standard components to push the price down...

    Of these 1 is by far the most important.

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  • RobbieAB
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    With separate assembly and support set-ups in each section?

    Ireland and the UK are heavily entwined with each other I know, and there is a large assembly plant in Ireland. I know that the C&R support for Ireland is provided by an office in Watford in England (my laptop paid it a visit at one point), and I know they do a lot of assembly and finance in Ireland. (Finance is handled in Cherrywood, Dublin, and they have a large assembly operation in Limerick.) That's what I meant by "handles a large part of the EU market". They assemble here for the tax-breaks.

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  • Vadi
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    Originally posted by RobbieAB View Post
    Ireland, and Dells Irish website states that Ubuntu machines are not available in Ireland. Given that Ireland handles a large part of the EU market, one could assume that this applies to the whole EU.
    Heh, I wasn't aware that "Ireland handles a large part of the EU market". And your assumption is wrong when it comes to Dell Germany, Dell France, Dell UK, and Dell Spain - http://www.ubuntu.com/dell

    I'd consider those four countries to be "the large part of EU market", not Ireland alone unfortunately

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  • Kano
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    Well Dell Vostro 1000 has lots of problems with the new 2.6.26 kernel. 2.6.24 works - thats a Turion on AMD chipset with onboard ATI graphics...

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  • bridgman
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    "After months of testing and development we are ready to release Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) on select Dell consumer systems. For consumers in the United States, France, Germany, Spain, Canada, United Kingdom and many Latin American countries (like Mexico and Colombia) Ubuntu 8.04 will be offered on the XPS M1330N and Inspiron 1525N notebooks and the Inspiron 530N."

    http://direct2dell.com/one2one/archi...untu-8-04.aspx

    I guess that means the Ubuntu machines might still not be available in Ireland itself, although I imagine that will change pretty quickly since they're both in the EU so shipping & customs shouldn't be a big deal.
    Last edited by bridgman; 07-20-2008, 09:55 AM.

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  • RobbieAB
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    Originally posted by Vadi View Post
    Not sure where are you looking, because this is available in many countries outside of the US.
    Ireland, and Dells Irish website states that Ubuntu machines are not available in Ireland. Given that Ireland handles a large part of the EU market, one could assume that this applies to the whole EU.

    Originally posted by some-guy View Post
    ???
    A few years ago you couldn't fine a laptop cheaper than $800 in the US, now $600 is normal, occasionally there's deals for $300
    Well, I've been watching Dells prices in Ireland, and the price of their cheapest laptop has gone up in the last year. It has also had a serious spec boost, and changed OS from XP to Vista.

    What you will also find with Dell is that the cheapest laptops are not in their home-user section, but in the small business section. For some reason they think most consumers are stupid enough to fall for this. Sadly they are right...

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  • some-guy
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    ???
    A few years ago you couldn't fine a laptop cheaper than $800 in the US, now $600 is normal, occasionally there's deals for $300

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