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Open Source News Roundup

Dude, you’re getting a Dell! Well, maybe???if you’re an open source software developer. Looks like Dell took to heart feedback from the open source community, beginning an experiment in which Ubuntu’s 12.04 operating system will be featured on a Dell’s XPS13 Ultrabook. Dell’s commitment to Ubuntu-loaded machines has been problematic??????spotty??? is too generous a word since Dell doesn’t currently offer a pre-loaded system at its own Ubuntu page (http://dell.com/ubuntu actually redirects to a generic Dell product page). A real commitment to Ubuntu as an operating system will take more than pre-loaded software, as Ars Technica notes; this exploratory project could be finally represent the beginning of something big in open source for commitment-phobic Dell.