So what are you doing reading this? Shouldn't you be calling your mom, or taking her to lunch or celebrating the fact that she made you possible? I know, I know. You're on it.
My mom is the only person in the world who seems to believe that I can do anything and will be great at it, despite any evidence to the contrary. If I skinned my knee she's still be there with a hug. I know that at my age that should seem a little ridiculous, but it's actually nice to have at least one raving fan. She doesn't always understand what I'm doing or where I'm coming from, but that never seems to matter. I suppose it's that kind of spirit that has kept me curious and willing to explore. Thanks for that, mom!
Dell announces Ubuntu-powered Ultrabook
A number of news stories are covering Dell's announcement that they will be shortly supporting the Ubuntu distribution of Linux on the Ultrabooks. This makes complete sense to me. I've run Ubuntu for years on my laptops and see no reason why I shouldn't be able to easily purchase computers pre-installed. (I know there are reasons, but they don't make sense to me.) Like all the speculators, I'm wondering if this will be the project that will get the ball rolling.
Dell is aiming this project at developers, siting that they have received repeated requests for Ubuntu. This does make sense to me. A technical audience can appreciate the value of a Linux environment and will likely look for less handholding. Techies generally already know what we want a computer to do and simply go about doing it.
I'm really pleased with Dell's choice of using a major distribution. In Linux desktop projects I've seen in the past the manufacturer has tended to use some strange distribution that has been heavily customized for their offering. In essence it was just a lame attempt at vendor lock-in. My question always was why not just provide Red Hat, SUSE or, now, Ubuntu.
I don't imagine that this project will be the Linux desktop Panacea. It may help continue breaking down barriers to Linux in the workplace, making it easier for those of us who need Linux to use it without having to jump through so many hoops. It's a good start. I hope it gets the attention it deserves and that other manufacturers will jump on the wagon. Time will tell.
Tell you mom I said "Hi."