Doug Stewart on 14 Mar 2010 08:30:54 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Hardware, acquisition

On Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 8:59 AM, Art Alexion <> wrote:

My mistake.  I scan the linux-desktops Dell list from time to time and that
was the concern there a couple of months ago.

That said, why is Dell still selling notebooks with Ubuntu 9.04 when 9.10 has
been out for 5 months and 10.04 will soon be released?  I can see selling 8.04
because that is a long term supported release, but 9.04 has already gone
through 11 of its 18 months of support.

My employer is also a Dell shop and they have been on my sh*t list lately.  I
guess I am not in the mood for hearing anything positive about Dell these
days.  ;-)

After forays into hp (née Compaq Proliant), Penguin Computing and IBM hardware, I'm just about ready to make a Churchillian statement in re: Dell hardware, as in "Dell is the worst provider of cheap hardware for Linux servers, except for all the other brands".

Then there's the new Sun gear. We've loved those (both Intel and AMD models) and would highly recommend them, if only Oracle's lawyers would unshackle the sales department and allow us to start buying hardware again. Sun's ILOM, in particular, makes the whole affair worth it, plus our sales contact internal to Sun will pretty much meet or outbid any Dell pricing, if we give him time. Their only downside is their unflinching dedication to slapping SAS drives into everything. We usually kit out a server with all drive bays occupied by the lowest capactity drives a vendor sells and then buy replacement drives from Newegg.  Doesn't really help when it's SAS, since SAS drives possess the unique combination of being both tiny in cacpacity AND gobsmackingly expensive.

In any event, if you have a decent budget or a good contact internal to Sun, give them a look and don't be scared off by the list prices on their website.


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