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Penguin on an Inspiron: a review of the Dell Inspiron 1420n with Ubuntu

Dell currently offers Ubuntu on a handful of different systems. I tested the Dell Inspiron Notebook 1420 N preloaded with Ubuntu 7.04.
Read the Dell review here


The Dell Inspiron Notebook 1420n with Ubuntu preinstalled delivers software freedom and solid value. For serious Linux enthusiasts who are already comfortable handling the various idiosyncrasies of the platform, Dell's preloaded Ubuntu laptop is a practical and cost-effective choice that eliminates the need to perform a manual installation and provides Linux users with a means of dodging the odious Windows tax.
Although I consider this product a strong buy for experienced Linux users, I don't recommend it (yet) for users who aren't already familiar with the operating system. Ubuntu's prodigious ease of use is diminished by a litany of frustrating minor hardware support problems that many average computer users will not be inclined to resolve.

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