Maybe they have to special order the incendiary devices AKA
batteries.They keep having to send them back what do they
use in the mean time.
Canonical has busted out yet another version of Ubuntu – this time taking aim at the much hyped and loved virtualization market. In the coming weeks, ISVs and OEMs will gain access to Ubuntu JeOS – pronounced Juice. The acronym stands for Just Enough Operating System, since the Ubuntu folks have ripped out a variety of general …
if you said "download an iso image and burn it on a disk" to the average desktop/laptop user they'd stare at you blankly and report you to the men in the white coats.
The whole point is that if Linux is ever to make it on the desk top it has to come pre-installed from the major hardware vendors.
Maybe he'd really like to see what a laptop Linux is like when all the peripherals, buttons, lights and magic works - out of the box. Without sacrificing a goat, or trawling forums looking for references to your obscure (only issued in Essex, for two weeks) model numbered laptop.
btw - I use Ubuntu on my laptop and think it's great. But it would be better if Toshiba had kept Linux in mind and ensured my SD card slot and sound card worked properly.
This story has been up for hours and no old timers have questioned 215MB as 'just enough for an OS'? No war stories of installing Unix on a casio watch and binary patching the calculator drivers to get the whole OS down to 3K - including the command line word processor?
No scoffing about how today's lazy programmers are spoilt by cheap RAM and fast processors?
No tearful remembrances of Cobol/LISP/punched cards?
This is a sad day.
I think they were going after me for saying "thang" rather than ISV. This is a brutal bunch.
For the curious, I ordered the laptop because I need a new laptop. Thinkpad is four years old with buttons reaching their problem stage and my 667MHz chip providing only so much fun.
Have two Macs and two Windows boxes, so thought, why not give the whole Ubuntu on Dell thing a try to see if it's really a decent experience for people. If the laptop ever arrives, I'll report back.
I was about to buy a new laptop which would have been wiped and loaded with Ubuntu when Dell announced their pre-installed option was available in the UK so I went for that.
To be fair they did warn me of a 2 week lead time before I placed the order which was then revised to four working days when I got the confirmation and it was delivered on time.
The best thing is that it does all work out of the box: wireless, modem, sound, card reader and even the media buttons on the front. My only complaint was that the screen resolution wasn't set to widescreen by default.
Also, no Dell cra@pware or backgrounds - just vanilla Ubuntu - the only Dell branding was a localhost alias in the host file of dell.linuxdev.us.dell.com.
It's now much easier to find the Ubuntu models on the UK Dell site - use the search box to search for "linux" or "ubuntu" and it's right there with a picture of Tux. It's also there on the dropdown menus for desktops and notebooks under "Open-source PCs".
Sorry to hear the *nix laptop is taking so long ... Dell usually ships very quickly.
Simple solution: Get a 'doze box with max memory, sell the COA on Ebay, load *nix yourself.
Just make sure you get XP, you probably won't be able to sell Vista to anyone with more than a quarter of a brain.
Folks, if anyone is really into efficient virtualization, then just say no to Ubuntu and VMware: ALT Linux 4.0 Server includes both OpenVZ-enabled kernel and management tools, and the basic image which is really "just enough" is 22M archived, 64M deployed.
Then one has apt-get to install any packages that are needed on that particular virtual appliance, or if there are many of them to deploy, there's "spt" tool to prepare custom "template cache" tarball with all the required packages already included.
See for yourself: