Factory Ubuntu 8.04 (was Re: Inspiron 1525N notebook ...)
schwaang at sonic.net
Fri Jul 11 12:28:18 CDT 2008
JP Vossen wrote:
> <soap box>
> Would you accept getting XP instead of Vista on a new Windows laptop?
> Office 2003 instead of 2007? (OK, stupid questions, those'd be
> features, not bugs. :-) Would you accept Tiger instead of Leopard on a
> new Mac?
> Why is it acceptable to ship an old product and expect the user to have
> to go to the trouble of upgrading it, then sorting out any bugs that
> crop up? Sure, I know that the general Linux community is capable of
> dealing with this, but we shouldn't have to. It's this kind of mind-set
Slapping a new distro on the disk is easy. Making a product that people
can rely on is harder. Personally I greatly prefer that Dell takes the
time necessary to fully test the release on their hardware before
selling it pre-installed. That's actually a great benefit to me as a
Dell customer and Linux user -- knowing that what I buy will "just
work", and I would expect nothing less from Dell.
I think that's also why Ubuntu has LTS (long-term-support) releases. A
lot of folks would rather have "just works" than bleeding edge,
including all the family and friends that I'm the go-to-geek for.
And look, Ubuntu just came out with 8.04.1 -- fixing tons of bugs in
8.04 which itself is still fairly new. So Dell's doing the right thing
by its customers in not rushing things. My two cents, etc.
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