p2pnet news | Open Source:- When people buy a laptop, these days, chances are they’ll get Microsoft Vista, or maybe XP.
Whether they want them or not.
It’s a given and has been Lo! these many years. But not every laptop comes with an MS operating system.
“Ubuntu is the way to go, says Dell, and putting its product where its mouth is, the company is launching three computer systems, including one notebook, with the open-source Linux operating system already on board,” p2pnet posted in 2007, going on, “The move represents the fulfilment of a promise Dell made at the beginning of this month.”
And this year, Abbie Schubert spent $1,100 for a Dell laptop with Ubuntu on board, says WKOWTV.com.
But is she happy? She most definitely is not.
Saying, “Tens of thousands of people have read and commented on this story, making it one of the most-read stories in the history of WKOWTV.COM,” Schubert says she ordered her laptop online at Dell.com, ” expecting to buy your classic bread-and-butter computer,” says the story, going on, “She didn’t realize until the next morning her laptop defaulted to the Ubuntu operating system. ‘It’s been a mess,” she said. “I regret ordering the computer.’
“Schubert says she never heard of Ubuntu until learning that she accidentally bought it,” says WKOWTV, continuing she called Dell the next day and was told there was still time to change back to Windows.
But, “The person I was talking to said Ubuntu was great, college students loved it, it was compatible with everything I needed,” says Schubert in the story.
So she stuck with it but later found her Verizon High-Speed Internet CD wouldn’t load, so she couldn’ t get online.
Nor could she install Microsoft Word, “which she says is a requirement for MATC’s online classes,” says the post, and, “with no internet and no Microsoft Word, Schubert dropped out of MATC’s fall and spring semesters.”
However, there’s a happy ending. Kind of.
“Verizon says its high-speed internet does indeed support Ubuntu, but some advanced features and installation disks clearly don’t work with Linux,” says WKOWTV, adding:
“MATC also says it promises to accept any of Schubert’s papers or class documents using whatever software she has installed.
“Schubert’s computer came with Open Office, a word processing software package that is compatible with Microsoft Word. She says she wasn’t aware it was compatible. MATC promised to show her how to save documents in compatible formats so she could enroll in online courses again.”
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