Hey folks, first of all a Happy New Year to you all, hope you have a great one. I’ve been a bit lazy with the distro testing over Christmas and the New Year I’m afraid, those mince pies can really slow you down 😉
A quick update on the Dell situation I mentioned in my previous post. I’ve succeeded in ordering from them a new XPS m1330 notebook with Ubuntu 7.10 and they were very responsive on the phone I must say. I first tried the “Chat 2 Us” or whatever it’s called on the website and got the cold shoulder, I even took a screen shot of the conversation is was so brief, they just cut me off. I’ve blocked out the sales persons full name out of courtesy.
After that I decided to phone them and I wasn’t too hopeful of anything better but to their credit after 10mins on the phone (yes I timed it) my order was placed and I was emailed an official quote by the sales person I’d dealt with. I expected some arguments as the system I wanted does not appear to be offered without Vista according to the website, it seems if you ring them up they are willing to do a deal. As soon as I said “I don’t want Windows I’m a Linux user” they just said “No problem, is Ubuntu ok?”. You can’t say fairer than that, I was very impressed. I did find it funny that they offered me Microsoft Office and McAfee Anti-Virus after I’d said I was using Linux but they have to follow a sales script and the guy was great. The machine is yet to arrive but when it does I’ll give a full report of my experience. I hope this is a sign that Dell are about to roll out Ubuntu on more of their systems. My advice is don’t go off the website, make sure you phone them, the cost of the call is worth it.
Now to the distro reviews, I’m currently backing up my data as I write this and preparing to install the new Pyro Linux 1.0 release. I’ve agreed to review it for Linux Planet and hopefully it will be published next week, I’ll give details when I have them. As for other reviews, I plan to tackle Vector Linux next as it was suggested I try it while Zenwalk is still fresh in my mind. I’ll be doing that soon and hope to have a review up ASAP. I also have a copy of Wolvix and I’ll be interested to see how these 3 distros compare.
Thanks for being patient folks, I’m sure I’ll be back in the swing of things in no time 🙂