Highway to Dell, part one

(Kind of continued from About to buy a new laptop.) I ordered a Dell Inspiron 1525 on Februrary 12 and the delivery was estimated to Match 17. A few minutes to 7 AM this morning the delivery company called and said they were to deliver before lunch today! Unfortunately I had to call back and ask them to deliver tomorrow instead, but Dell sure exceed expectations on delivery time! My planned is to run Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) on the laptop, so I was really pleased to read the Welcome the Inspiron 1525 to the Dell Ubuntu Family blog post! As this option was not available when I ordered (and maybe never will be in Sweden) I obviously paid the "Microsoft tax", but according to a recent article it’s more expensive to buy a Dell without operating system than with Windows in Sweden. Update Dell corrected themselves, but it’s not applicable to me anyway. To my great, great joy, Dell provides ubuntu-dell-1525n-intelvideo-reinstall.iso at //linux.dell.com/files/ubuntu/iso-images/. Wonderful! I have a spare 2,5" hard disk drive, so I’ll probably change hard drive and then try the ISO image from Dell. I’ll follow up with my experiences!

Update Continued at Highway to Dell, part two.


  1. Hi David, I wanted to say thank you and I’m glad your Dell laptop delivery experience is has “exceeded expectations.” We really appreciate your feedback and the input from the Linux community on Dell’s IdeaStorm that led us to make Ubuntu on Dell systems a reality.

  2. Hi David,

    Got mine today and yeah it looks lovely but what a pain to get it working… spend already more than 8 hours on it and still haven’t been able to get the wireless working or the microphone working… I must admit that
    I’m a bit of a novice , but the friend who came to lend me a hand isn’t…
    So wouldn’t it be nice to live in a country where you would be able to buy the pre-installed version…

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