Late last week, I decided to upgrade two of my PCs from Ubuntu’s v6.10 (Edgy Eft) to the beta release of v7.04 aka Fiesty Fawn. Now while I have mentioned before that I have “tech-tendencies” but not nearly as tech savvy as many of you, I found the upgrade process to be extremely easy. Better yet, as the OS was doing its thing, I was able to continue surfing the internet and do other work. The entire upgrade process took about 40 minutes and to my surprise – given my experiences with other operating systems – everything was working as expected. And now with almost a week under my belt, I have not experienced any issues with this beta release. So far, I have to say that I am very impressed. I like having the latest and greatest release, but normally in this situation you hope for the best, but expect the worse. And so far (knock, knock, knock) all is great!
According to the March 29th Red Herring article, Dell has plans to again offer a Linux PC to the consumer market. According to the article this is in part due to the “100,000 or so customers who requested it on a Dell web site.” It would seem that this is also due in part to Dell’s slipping market share and the fact that non-techie’s are beginning to install and use Linux OSs. Offering their PCs pre-loaded with open-source OS and applications will drive the cost of the PC down and potentially allow it to increase its number of units sold.
Long-term, if this move is successful it could also enable Linux to be seen as an alternative to Windows and OS X. Given Dell’s relatively large support organization they can, for a fee, provide the average user with Linux support.
As the article points out, Dell has offered a consumer Linux PC previously, but this time the conditions appear to be favorable – the various Linux OSs are more stable and feature rich, a larger portion of their consumers are asking for Linux, and Dell needs to replace the consumers that the lost to other pc vendors in its core market.
A month or so ago I decided that I was either going to replace the Windows operating system on one of my personal laptops. I debated about purchasing a new version of Windows or installing Linux. I quickly decided to give Linux a try and reviewed a number of different version – using the postings of the various communities. I finally decided to go with Unbuntu and I absolutely love it. The install was very easy and I really enjoy the clean look and feel of the design. Now I am wondering why I did not try it earlier.
If you are thinking about giving Linux a try, I would highly recommend Unbuntu. I am now in the process of switching my other to laptops over to Unbuntu as well.