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Since when is Dell Gutsy Gibbon not Ubuntu?

The news that Dell has now released Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) on its boxes has been tempered somewhat by a potential storm of controversy caused by a couple of software packages that come bundled with the Dell Linux PCs. The two bundled packages happen to be proprietary software. Is this going to be a problem?
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The two packages in question are Adobe's Flash plugin and InterVideo's LinDVD player. For Linux and open source purists, the Flash plugin should present no problem (although I'll take advice on that) because it's software that anyone running Ubuntu can download for free. I did it myself the first time I accessed YouTube to watch a video.

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