Ubuntu preinstalled on Dell Computers?

Some people have been saying that they heard that Dell will be choosing Ubuntu as the default Linux distribution to be preinstalled on their PCs.

From the article:

Officially, Dell Inc. hasn’t said a word yet about which Linux it will be preloading on its desktops and laptops. Several sources within Dell, however, have told DesktopLinux.com that Dell’s desktop Linux pick is going to be Ubuntu.

Considering Michael Dell himself uses Ubuntu at home, it doesn’t sound so far-fetched.

Anyway, rumors aside, this would be great news for the Ubuntu project and Canonical’s paid support (which is the primary source of income for Ubuntu).

Update: Fabián Rodriguez confirms it, Dell will sell PCs with Ubuntu preinstalled. Congratulations!

Update2: It has been confirmed in many other places too.

Update3: And now we have the official Ubuntu and Dell announcements.

Flisol 2007 in Buenos Aires, a success

I’ve just gotten home and I’m absolutely exhausted.

I have tons of pictures and information to share, but it seems like a good idea to do it after getting some decent sleep.

I just wanted to share 2 quick pictures:Ubuntu Cookies

Gabriel Patiño from out LoCo (Argentina) cooked some very tasty Ubuntu Cookies. They lasted for about 2 minutes before every single one got eaten.


Some of the Argentina LoCo members that came and helped get all those Ubuntus installed (some had already left when we took this picture).

PHP4 not available in Feisty

I’ve started to see this topic come up again and again lately. PHP4 is *not* in Feisty Fawn’s repositories at all and has been completely replaces by PHP5. It’s been discussed a few times in the forums, and I suspect it will continue to pop up occasionally. You can always look in the mailing lists to see this topic discussed.
PHP4 hasn’t been supported for the last 3 releases (but it was packaged and in the repositories), and it seems most of the major distributions have also stopped providing it. PHP4 has many well-known security issues, since PHP5 has been in the wild for over 4 years, and most big hosting companies are moving towards it.

Personally, I’m not sure if I agree with removing it completely (and without making a more public announcement), I still use PHP4 in all my production servers (Ubuntu Dapper’s and Fedora’s, and my company develops for PHP4, so this is a bit of a complication.

I guess it’s time to move on.

Latinamerican Free Software Festival in Argentina

This Saturday 28th of April 2007, the “Festival Latinoamericano de Instalación de Software Libre” is taking place in all latinamerican countries.

In Buenos Aires, Ubuntu was chosen as the distribution to be installed on all PCs that are going to be brought in, so we’re going to be there to support the event. I’m armed with my “Powered by Ubuntu” (and xubuntu thanks to Jenda) and I’m burning Feisty CDs as I write this.

If you’re in Buenos Aires you might want to drop by and say hi 😀

I’ve also seen other posts from events in other countries like Chile.

Flisol 2007



New iPod on Linux

A few days ago I bought a brand new beautiful 2gb ipod nano. From what’s available on the market over here in Argentina, and what I’ve seen around the forums on Linux-compatibility, it seemed like the best choice.

And it was. It’s my first ipod, so I won’t bore you with the usual “I love the interface” or “it has such a nice finish…”.

What I do want to comment is a little glitch I ran into when getting setup to listening to me tunes.

Since I was so anxious to see it in action I grabbed the first computer I found, which happend to be a macbook. Since it already had iTunes, I did the initial setup there. Everything went smoothly, and it even updated the firmware to a newer version.

Once I got back home to my laptop, I plugged it in and Ubuntu recognized it immediately and opened up rhythmbox with the ipod loaded. Everything seemed fine. Then I tried to load some songs onto it and ran into some hoops I had to jump through.

I do want to stress the fact that I had to take some extra steps just because I did the initial setup on a mac, not because of anything else.

It seems that OSX formats the ipod in HFS, with journaling enabled. The linux kernel doesn’t seem to handle writing to ir very well with journaling, so basically you I found two options, or you go back to OSX and disable journaling with a simple terminal command:

diskutil disableJournal /Volumes/Your_Ipods_Name

Or fire up a windows box and re-format it in fat32.

I’m currently using gtkpod to load songs, so, again, if you used mac for the initial setup, your ipod might be named something like “Beuno’s Ipod”, which isn’t the default mount point gtkpod looks for. Before you panic, it’s very easy to just go and change the default location in “Edit > Edit Preferences > Set mountpoint”.

I’m sure there are many different ways around this, so take my advice with a grain of salt.

The conclusion would be that I’m a happy owner of a beautiful 2gb ipod nano which works great in linux.

Ubuntu Weekly News is out!

Like every Sunday, Ubuntu Weekly News is available for everyone to catch up.

I’d like to extract a small piece about “Case Studies”:

Ubuntu Case Studies

A great way to promote anything is by showing people it actually works in the real world. Ubuntu has grown a lot in a very short time, and it is being given many different uses we probably can’t even imagine. This is why we are trying to collect success stories around the world, and present them as “Use Cases”. Any way you use Ubuntu in your school or workplace might be interesting and useful to someone else. The main Ubuntu website has a special place for these at: http://www.ubuntu.com/products/casestudies. We would like to encourage you to participate sending your story to mystory@ubuntu.com, using http://www.ubuntu.com/products/mystory as a starting point.

A lot more at: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue35

Gaim now called Pidgin

It’s been surfacing all over that the instant messenger we’ve all learned to love, has been forced to be renamed due to a legal battle with AOL over the “aim” trademark.

The project has been named to  Pidgin, which wikipedia tells us that:

“A pidgin, or contact language, is the name given to any language created, usually spontaneously, out of two or more languages as a means of communication between speakers of different tongues, and usually a simplified form of one of the languages.”

A new domain has been registered to go with it at: http://www.pidgin.im/.

The trademark issue has actually been keeping Gaim… eerrr… Pidgin in beta status, so we can expect a final release real soon.

You can read a much more lengthy and detailed report about this in the official annoncement.