JP Vossen on 4 Jan 2009 12:22:21 -0800

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[PLUG] Dell Mini-9 segregated Ubuntu repo

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 > Date: Sat, 03 Jan 2009 08:30:14 -0500
 > From: Art Alexion <>
 > Subject: Re: [PLUG] New Broadcom STA Linux Driver
 > One of the things I found odd about the Dell Mini was that they have
 > their own Canonical repository.  This is in contrast to the Ubuntu
 > eee tweak that uses the regular Ubuntu repositories with the addition
 > of a couple for a tuned kernel and interface.

I thought I read someplace (maybe the Dell Desktop Linux list?) that 
they have their own repo so they can compile optimized for the mini-9 
CPU, while the generic Ubuntu repos are generic i386 (or AMD 64, 
depending, I guess).

I can't swear to this and am not involved enough to do the research, but 
it might be a nice rational for what otherwise looks like a boneheaded 
idea from a security perspective.

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