anandrkris Apr 5, 2013 @ 11:12am
Game on! Ubuntu comes to Alienware

Good News :-)[bartongeorge.net]
"Ubuntu has been available on Dell business laptops for quite awhile, including the recently introduced XPS 13 developer edition. A few weeks ago we announced that we were expanding our Ubuntu certification beyond our cloud servers to include Dell’s 12G servers. Today we are announcing that Ubuntu is coming to another member of the Dell family, the Alienware X51 gaming desktop."


Ubuntu Alienware [www.alienware.com]
[en.community.dell.com]
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instabilis Apr 5, 2013 @ 11:24am 
Why are they using the old Ubuntu logo from like 5 years ago? o.O
LOLCAT Apr 5, 2013 @ 11:24am 
I still wonder why these companies chose ubuntu instead of anything else. Ubuntu is more or less on the same road windows is/was. Being more and more different from other operating systems and in the process of becoming a mobile/tablet OS. I wouldn't be surprised if they moved to closed source development as well. If I were Valve/Dell/Whatever company, I'd chose a distro which is closer to others, which is more general. Like Fedora or Suse.
anandrkris Apr 5, 2013 @ 11:31am 
Hmmm...Dell will want a strong partner - an enterprise to support their product. But perhaps because only Ubuntu (Canonical) has manpower and financial muscle to support?
This is a good news for Linux at large especially given that MS made heavy investment in Dell!
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☮ Grimssonur ☮ Apr 5, 2013 @ 11:40am 
Originally posted by LOLCAT:
Ubuntu is more or less on the same road windows is/was.
What do you mean? Ubuntu never will or was neither a commercial distro, neither contained closed source components as well...
Where are there essential differencies? Other kernel? Unity desktop (which you can replace onto your favorite anytime)? Planning to use Mir and not X or Wayland?.. ))
Last edited by ☮ Grimssonur ☮; Apr 5, 2013 @ 11:48am
Thyriel Apr 5, 2013 @ 11:46am 
As someone running linux on an Alienware Laptop, id really like that news ;)
John Noob doesn´t play ranked Apr 5, 2013 @ 11:51am 
amazing :D money... money... money...
SUSEd Apr 5, 2013 @ 12:02pm 
LINCON 3
LOLCAT Apr 5, 2013 @ 12:04pm 
Originally posted by goraan:
Originally posted by LOLCAT:
Ubuntu is more or less on the same road windows is/was.
What do you mean? Ubuntu never will or was neither a commercial distro, neither contained closed source components as well...
Where are there essential differencies? Other kernel? Unity desktop (which you can replace onto your favorite anytime)? Planning to use Mir and not X or Wayland?.. ))

That's true at the moment. Still, that Mir stuff is quite disturbing. The change is planned because of mobile devices, not desktop computers. The emphasis is on touch screens, just like in windows 8.
Fibbles Apr 5, 2013 @ 12:10pm 
Originally posted by LOLCAT:
I still wonder why these companies chose ubuntu instead of anything else. Ubuntu is more or less on the same road windows is/was. Being more and more different from other operating systems and in the process of becoming a mobile/tablet OS. I wouldn't be surprised if they moved to closed source development as well. If I were Valve/Dell/Whatever company, I'd chose a distro which is closer to others, which is more general. Like Fedora or Suse.

I swear some people will just rail against whatever is popular, envisioning themselves as a member of an elite club because they use an obscure distribution of a niche operating system.

Alienware have likely chosen Ubuntu because that's what the vast majority of Linux desktop users run on their machines. For good reason as well, in comparison to pretty much every other distro it's incredibly friendly to new users. It's also the only distro that has a backer who actively spends money to make Linux more suitable for everyday desktop users. Fedora is a testbed for RHEL which along with SUSE is aimed at corporate workstations, not home users.

There are many great distros out there for those of us who like to have extremely granular control over our operating system, which is why we use them instead of Ubuntu. There are many people on these forums who need to stop pretending that we are typical users though, because we're not. Most users don't want to compile their own kernels, don't care whether their UI is written in C, Qt or Javascript and don't want to have to weigh up the pros and cons of ALSA and Pulse. They just want something that is stable and works with the least amount of configuration. This isn't bad, it doesn't mean they're stupid and we shouldn't mock them because of it. It just means that their interests involve the use of computers, they are simply a means to an end, whereas for us our interests are the computers themselves.

/rant
Tweakedenigma Apr 5, 2013 @ 12:11pm 
Originally posted by LOLCAT:
. The change is planned because of mobile devices, not desktop computers. The emphasis is on touch screens, just like in windows 8.

That isn't a bad thing in it's self. It's all about how it is implemented and if it works well. IMHO Windows 8 doesn't on the desktop.

Also Ubuntu is likely picked for 3 reasons. 1) It has corporate support, 2) they are desktop focused , & 3 it has the largest user base.

Although, Redhat and Suse also have corporate sponsors they are not really focused on the end user desktop but more server side/work station.
Doc Holliday Apr 5, 2013 @ 12:30pm 
Ubuntu = proprietary end of story
Fibbles Apr 5, 2013 @ 12:38pm 
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
☮ Grimssonur ☮ Apr 5, 2013 @ 12:53pm 
O-o. Since when it's become proprietary?
Ok, while you've started to use proprietary nVidia or ATI drivers and restricted codecs, you've been converted into a betrayer ))) Agreed?
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CompanionTube Apr 5, 2013 @ 12:54pm 
Originally posted by Nemesis:
Ubuntu = proprietary end of story
1... no it's not.... name one component you can't get the source code for...
and
2.. have you noticed you're on steam? the proprietry digital delivery service? if you have a problem with proprietry and really must preach you could at least have some convictions and stick to them.

anyway...it's good to see ubuntu on a box that wouldn't look out of place under my television.
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