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Dell Announces Ubuntu 7.10 PCs with DVD Playback

Dec 19, 2007, 13:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"Dell has told DesktopLinux.com that it will be announcing later today, Dec. 19, that it will be releasing PCs with Ubuntu 7.10 (aka Gutsy Gibbon) as part of its Dell Consumer Linux lineup along with the ability to legally play DVDs.

"According to Dell spokesperson Anne B. Camden, the 'Dell Inspiron 530N desktop and Inspiron 1420N notebook PCs are now available with Ubuntu 7.10 pre-installed.' Both of these models were part of Dell's second wave of Ubuntu-powered PCs, which were released in June 2007.

"Ms. Camden continued, 'Possibly in the 'more importantly' category, we are now pre-installing DVD movie playback all Ubuntu 7.10 systems--a feature we feel will resonate with... Linux enthusiasts as well as the mainstream consumer market. In fact, one of the key requests from customers interested in Linux is the ability to watch their favorite DVD movies...'"

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