Dell Linux Engineering to participate in UDS-L (November 16-20)


I'd like to announce that Dell Linux Engineers will hit the road to Dallas, TX to participate in the upcoming Ubuntu Developers Summit for Lucid Lynx (UDS-L) from December 16 – 20 Correction: November 16 – 20.

Lucid Lynx is the code name for the upcoming release of Ubuntu, versioned 10.04. This is a significant release for Canonical and Dell as this it will be an LTS (Long Term Support) meaning it will be supported by Canonical for three years on the Desktop and five years on the Servers. UDS is the forum where the Ubuntu Linux Community Developers and System Integrators (like Dell) come together to discuss and hash out the feature roadmap for the next release of Ubuntu Linux. Issues that need fixing, features that need developing are all spec'd out, prioritized and based in this week-long marathon of discussions and brainstorms. At the end of the summit, the final Blueprints are published. These Blueprints are reflective of what to expect in the next release of Ubuntu Linux. This sort of "transparent" planning is what differentiates the open-source projects such as Ubuntu Linux from their "closed-source" counterparts.

Mario Limonciello will be hitting the road with me. We both work in the core Ubuntu Linux engineering team at Dell responsible for delivering Ubuntu Linux on various desktops, notebooks and netbooks globally. Making guest appearances on random days of the summit will be Doug Anson who works for the Office of the CTO responsible for architecture of Client Linux across Dell as well as John Hull who is the Engineering Manager for the Linux team at Dell.

I will be leading a plenary on "Preloading Ubuntu" on the second day of the summit right after lunch hour. In addition, we will all be participating in many different sessions that span across several different tracks such as Desktop, Kernel, QA, Community etc. So, come out and join us or remotely participate.

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  • cjav

    I own a Dell Mini 10, with GMA500, which are the changes of getting support for this hardware on Lucid?

    I have been very disappointed with the messy support this hardware had have in the past on Linux, it was a sad surprise when I realize the only way to have a usable linux desktop in this system, which I bough with linux from the beginning, is to keep an updated version.



  • zrtom

    Dell Linux support for the Mini's has been atrocious, outdated and just plain lacking.  After almost two years they can't even get 8.04 working (including useless things like Maximus) and now I guess we're expected to think 10.04 will be any better?  Come on.  You think I'll buy a(nother) Dell with Ubuntu because of this?  Never again!

    Lucid is scheduled to come out about the same time as GNOME 3 and that spells the same near-disaster as Hardy had with architectural transitions when it came out.

    Go ahead, go for 10.04.  But in the meantime, put Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop on these things, get them out the door and get some customer satisfaction going your way because in the trenches it ain't pretty.

  • aplund

    I'm still trying to find how to purchase a machine from Dell (in Australia) without windows on it.

    The Dell 10v minus the bundled software would surely be a knock out price (if you take 50% of the price for the upgrade versions of the software as roughly the price added for the OEM).

    Please correct me if I'm wrong.  I've emailed the customer support here three times an no bananas.  Just completely ignored.

    If anyone has a link to where I can purchase a single machine (netbook, laptop, desktop) from Dell in Australia with a Linux distro on it, then please post it!

  • djin_n

    Great to learn that you are participating in community effort. But what is really happening for a consumer like me, Who is sitting in UK clamouring for a decent product being served with an option of Linux or No Operating system (I can fix my drivers myself, thank you). 

    I would like to know, what am I supposed to do with the stupid license of Windows, when I install Linux on my laptops. I did pay something for it. Is Dell planning to start a buy back for spare licenses. If I can sell a spare hard drive which I don't need anymore, why should I be stuck with a Windows License without any whim or reason.

    Stop piracy, buy spare Windows licences and sell it for subsidized prices.

  • dduleep

    Dell Vostro not support Ubuntu…/19928544.aspx