Dell Ubuntu Oops

Chris Smart reports on the availability of a 10″ Linux netbook from Dell in Australia.  I went to check it out and noticed some oopses on the Dell site – the operating system icon, and the availability of Norton Security (is there an Ubuntu version?  I don’t know).  It is somewhat scary that the generic icon they use for “operating system” is a specific logo for a vendor’s product (scary for competition, but also scary for that vendor as such usage can undermine trademark rights).

If you know someone at Dell, ask them to fix…

Also, the Linux version does not come with a customisation option for an office suite (while the windows config has the option of adding office).

Screen grabs :

Wrong OS Icon (3)

Wrong OS Icon (3)

Is norton available on Ubuntu?

Is norton available on Ubuntu?


13 Responses to “Dell Ubuntu Oops”

  1. 1 Chris 9 September 2009 at 10:35 pm

    ..not only that, but you can set the Linux version to have a “Touch Screen LCD Cover” but then you cannot select a compatible bezel.

    If Dell is serious about selling Linux machines, you’d think they’d do a better job than they have! :-(


    • 2 Greg Folkert 11 September 2009 at 12:00 am

      They’ve been serious about selling Windows and have *MUCH* more problem with the “dynamically driven” (AJAX/Javascript/other) sites for years.

      This is NOT a flat out *OMG TEHY IZ SEW DOM* thing. Its that someone forgot the “check the right box” and disallow norton or the prereqs config for the cover.

      Come on… in comparison, HP and server configurations… its a freakin night mare.

      Give them a break.

  2. 3 Linux Expert 11 September 2009 at 12:56 am

    Its “Dell” .. this really shouldnt be a surprise considering they have 6 year olds designing their computers and websites. These ‘pre-made’ computer stores are THE biggest rippoff on the planet.

    Learn to build a computer. You can build one that is 3 times more powerful than anything you will find from Dell, Gateway, HP/Compaq etc, for 1/2 the Price you will pay from them, and it takes less than 2 hours for a beginner. Less than an 1/2 an hour once you get good at it. What is to think about? Go to Tigerdirect or Newegg and start ordering.

  3. 6 david 11 September 2009 at 1:48 am

    albeit your two main points about the logo and norton which are at the best just simple mistakes in webdesign, i have to comment on your last sentence. Ubuntu doesn’t come with office choices because office is pre-installed regardless…. That’s obvious knowledge and it would help your two other points more if your last point wasn’t completely ridiculous.

  4. 7 GreyGeek 11 September 2009 at 9:03 am

    Unless Dell stripped it out, Ubuntu comes with OpenOffice preinstalled, and OOo has its own customization.

  5. 8 Chris Smart 11 September 2009 at 9:42 am

    The whole Bezel misconfiguration issue has been fixed now, however it’s still disappointing that you cannot get this laptop with a built in camera.

    Common, even a Hessian bag comes with a camera these days.


  6. 9 brendanscott 11 September 2009 at 12:02 pm

    In re criticising Dell, I’m not, or at least I’m not trying to be particularly critical. I’m very glad that they’re selling these models, but they have oopsed a bit.

    In re OOo, it’s good to hear that it’s pre-installed, but it would be better if it that was made clear on the customisation page, along with anything else that is pre-loaded. The lack of a camera would not affect my decision to buy. That said, I’m interested to wait and see what happens with ARM.

  7. 10 rachti 12 September 2009 at 10:54 am

    really it’s a very good posting , good work

  8. 11 Zac 13 September 2009 at 12:05 am

    I won’t comment on the site but I will on this wonderful netbook:

    Being Australia’s first Ubuntu Dell, I purchased the Latitude 2100 netbook with Ubuntu 9.04 pre-installed, and I thoroughly recommend it as a netbook.

    Physical: Well built, no flex at all, robust and solid, keyboard very good, screen good, web cam good, no complaints. Not mentioned much, but important to me, is that there are no air intakes vents on the bottom, there are on the front, which means you can put it on surfaces without blocking the holes. The best built netbook I have seen.

    Performance: Set up was so easy, font size just right for the screen, everything works out of the box – web cam, usb, SD card, wifi, bluetooth, mic, speakers, scrolling with touchpad, suspend, etc. No lockups at all. Flash was pre-installed, just had to add the other codecs, Ubuntu Restricted Extras package and Medubuntu for w32codecs, and your away. With web surfing using wifi and bluetooth mouse was 3 hrs on the standard battery. I believe it lasts 6 hrs with the optional 6 cell battery. Remaining battery and charge time was very accurate.

    Ubuntu 9.04 is very nice on here and the netbook is well constructed.

    NB: The web browser Google Chromium works wonderfully on this netbook. It’s alot less resource hungry.

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