Ubuntu 8.04 on 1505n

Raymond Wan rwan at kuicr.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Mon Apr 28 10:08:37 CDT 2008

Hi Glenn,

Perhaps someone from Dell can correct me if I am wrong as I'd like to know.

But with Linux, future versions include previous past drivers [as Scott 
suggested].  This is reasonable since the format doesn't change 
significantly.  With Windows, two versions (say XP and Vista) have 
completely different driver formats so upgrading could break something 
since Vista couldn't use an XP driver file.

Also, an Ubuntu/Debian/Fedora/etc. version is just a different 
repackaging of software with the software upgraded here and there.  
Whether or not you have a different OS depends on whether or not the 
kernel was upgraded.  Windows, on the other hand, is a very big change 
so a jump from XP to Vista is equivalent to several versions of any of 
the Linux'.

Again, I'm speculating and would be happy to hear anyone correct this 
generalization of mine.  Thanks!


Glenn Williams wrote:
> I appreciate the responses so far. If the 1420 is identical in terms 
> of hardware (my real concern being the video) then that will go a long 
> way.
> The reason I'm looking for it is that I purchased the extended support 
> for the laptop, as it's not for me, but my wife. If it were just me 
> I'd suffer with things until I got it fixed or a bug report submitted. 
> Since it's her laptop I want there to be as few issues as possible. 
> What it comes down to is that I don't want to call in to Dell Support 
> and be told that 7.10 or 8.04 is not covered under my support contract.

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