Dell: Get the standard Ubuntu working

While I'm in the mood for sounding off, I'm not entirely pleased with Dell's behaviour. Janos at work bought a Dell Inspiron Mini 10v.
It comes with Ubuntu installed, but it's not the standard Ubuntu distribution, it's been tinkered with by Dell, mostly for the worse Janos found. So he installed the latest version of Ubuntu. This meant that the wireless network card didn't work. And here's my message to Dell:
  • Always use the standard Ubuntu distribution.
  • If the standard distro doesn't run, work with Ubuntu to fix the problem.
Luckily, Janos is interested in computers and managed to get it working. But as he says, this won't do for the average user.

I don't want to overstate the problem, I run two Dell laptops with Ubuntu, and they work really well. Much better than Windows! I'm really pleased Dell is giving users the choice.


  1. It seems that MS has quashed the initial early stand that Linux made on netbooks.

    This afternoon I'm collecting my shiny new netbook (n110). It comes with XP. I look forward to trying Ubuntu on it, I think there is even a netbook tailored version. I'm also confident that I'll get frustrated with it, give up and go back to XP.

    I'm not an MS fan, far from it. I like the idea of Linux, and think Ubuntu is probably the best stab yet. Tony I even admire your unwavering support for Ubuntu. But at the end of the day, I can't help thinking that Linux as a desktop windows replacement is still a way off.

  2. I'm impressed you're going to try out Ubuntu! You'll probably have to install it from a USB stick:


    Let me know how you get on.