Dell Acquires EMC for $67 Billion

Dell has acquired EMC Corporation for the amount of a whopping $67 billion dollars. As a result, Dell has now doubled the size of its data centers due to the EMC acquisition. Was EMC worth it all that money? It does have a take of a bad marriage, mainly because Dell paid too much money. Second, as a cloud service provider, EMC is competing with Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure, Google Cloud Computing and many others. The competition is stiff. Will EMC bring value to Dell? Time will tell.

Are You Looking For A Linux Laptop?

You might want to try the Dell XPS 13. Dell is releasing a lightweight 13 inch XPS 13 laptop loaded with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. It’s targeted for mostly developers, but is sold to anyone that’s interested. Here are some highlights from the article published by Computerworld.

For developers.

Over six months, Dell worked with the open-source community to develop tools, drivers and software for the OS to work on XPS 13.

It’s a little bit pricey.

The laptop has an Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage. Priced at $1,549, it comes with one year of on-site support as part of the package. The laptop is now available in the U.S. and Canada, and will become available in other countries next year.

The company has described the new XPS 13 with Ubuntu as a developer edition, but will sell the product to enterprises and consumers as well.

Some really great features here.

The joint development effort has also led to some new features unique to the laptop. One is called the “profile tool,” which enables developers to easily set up software development environments via quick access to tools for Ruby, JavaScript and Android in the github repositories.

Another feature on XPS 13 is the “Cloud Launcher” which Dell said allows for simulation of cloud environments on the laptop. The simulated environment can then be deployed directly to the cloud.

Dell Streak

Introducing the Dell Streak. It’s a 5 inch go-anywhere entertainment, social connection and navigation device. For $549 and a 2 year contract with AT&T you can have a Streak which browse the web, watch videos, access social media Facebook, Twitter and more, Google Maps with navigation, and hundreds of other applications from the Android Marketplace. Oh yes, it’s an Android powered device. It’s too bad, just like the iPhone, it’s only available from AT&T. Will you get one?

Diet Chromium OS

Google Chrome OS requires a 4GB USB stick. If you need a smaller version, check out Diet Chromium OS which need only 1GB. From the Yahoo article:

Many of the builds thus far have been targeted at specific hardware configurations, such as one made available by a Dell employee designed for the Dell‘s Mini 10V netbook.

The Diet Chromium build has a smaller footprint, but promises wider hardware support. Diet Chromium comes courtesy of a UK student and programmer known as Hexxeh. Hexxeh explains that he constructed the build in order to “fill a gap that hadn’t been filled.” His Web site offers instructions on how to install the lighter Chromium build on Windows, Mac and Linux machines.

Ian Paul will show you how to install a more standard build of Chrome OS right now.

Dell Inspiron 537s Slim Desktop


Introducing the Dell Insprion 537s Slim Desktop. Powered by Intel Pentium Dual Core E5300 with 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, 320GB hard drive, a 16X DVD+/-RW Drive, an Integrated Intel® GMA x4500 Graphics card and an Integrated 5.1 Channel Audio. The case is available in 8 different colors in a Slim-Tower Black Bezel design.  The OS is of course Ubuntu 9.04 for $419.

Dell XPS 13

Dell is now offering Ubuntu and Vista on the XPS 13 for roughly $1000. The good news is that Ubuntu Linux is now an option. The bad news is the hardware upgrade options for Ubuntu seems to be on the short end of the stick.

The standard Dell XPS 13 comes with 2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo processor. Vista buyers can upgrade to 2.53 GHz and 2.6 GHz processors, while Ubuntu buyers can only upgrade to a 2.53 GHz processor.

In terms of RAM memory, Ubuntu buyers can only go up to 4GB, while Vista users can upgrade their systems to either 6GB or 8GB. The same goes for batteries. Ubuntu users don’t have upgrade options to purchase 9-cell batteries. Finally, there is no mobile broadband option for Ubuntu.

This doesn’t seem fair for Ubuntu users, but then again you might not need the extra bells and whistles if Ubuntu runs quite well on lower hardware requirements. The XPS 13 comes with Ubuntu 8.10 or 7.04 with 1 year of Basic Support.

Dell Mini 10 with Ubuntu


The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 now comes with Ubuntu as an alternative to the standard Windows XP. The difference in price is about $90. Ubuntu is priced at $360, while Windows XP is $460.

The high end Mini 10 comes preconfigured with an Atom Z530 processor, 10.1 inch LCD display, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, 1.3 mp webcam and a 6 cell battery. The standard color is Osidian Black. Additional colors are available for an additional $40-60.

The Mini 10 comes with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS or long term support. Ubuntu’s latest release is version 9.04, codename Jaunty Jackalope.

Inspiron Mini 9 Laptop

Mini laptops are popular. Dell’s entry into the mini laptop world does not disappoint. The Inspiron Mini 9 is small, compact and light at just 2.28 lbs. The Inspiron is available in two Operating Systems: Ubuntu Linux 8.04.1 or Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition.

The Inspiron Mini 9 is powered by Intel’s Atom Process N270 (1.6GHz 533Mhz FSB 512K cache). The LCD panel is a glossy 8.9 inch LED display with a resolution of 1024×600. Memory comes in either 512MB or 1GB. The hard drive is solid state, meaning it’s quiet and with absolutely no moving parts. Hard drive sizes begins at 4GB, 8GB or 16GB.

The Mini 9’s video card is powered by Intel’s Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 and the unit comes with a wireless 8.02.11g mini card with battery life roughly at around 4 hours. The laptop comes in two colors: Obsidian Black or Alphine White with a 1 year warranty main-in service.

What are some of the things you can do with the Mini 9 laptop? You can listen to your favorite music, surf the web, chat, instant messaging and some light office work with a word processor, spreadsheet or presentation software.

The Mini 9 is available for purchase at Dell’s website. Also, check out the great reviews written by customers who have bought the Mini 9 laptop.

Dell Upgrade PCs to Ubuntu 8.04

Dell recently started selling Linux laptops and desktops. I can’t understand why it took a better of four months to upgrade to the latest Ubuntu 8.04 release also known as Hardy Heron. Ubuntu 8.04 was released back in April 2008 by Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. Dell is now making the latest release available on several systems: two laptops, the XPS M1330N and the Inspiron 1525N notebooks, and a desktop sytem, the Inspiron 530N. That’s a good four months later. I’m not privy why it took so much time to upgrade to 8.04. Were there issues? I guess we could expect Dell to be always behind after each Ubuntu release. Four months seems like eternity. The next Ubuntu release 8.10 will be in October 2008.