Art Alexion on 11 Dec 2008 12:35:05 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Dell Mini 9 loses 2 GB SSD

On Thursday 11 December 2008 3:24:38 pm Chad Waters wrote:
> What the advantage of using the Dell sponsored repos? Is there
> non-free packages (ie media, DVD support)?

Yes and hardware drivers and their custom desktop interface, the latter not 
much, but the former very important.

> Is there a support contract included?

My company always buys the 3 year onsite with accidental LCD breakage.  I 
truly don't know if support for the repo is covered.

> If this is it, its rather weak:

Yes it is.

> I would probably reinstall a vanilla ubuntu if it was mine, but would
> it be more advantageous for the other 98%?

Well the problem would be the drivers.  Apparently a lot of non-standard 

With the eee-ubuntu, we have a few repos that provide things like kernel, 
camera and touchpad drivers, and everything else is plain vanilla Ubuntu, but 
Dell chose the Dell-repo-only route.  I don't know why.  

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