Dell Linux PCs lack multimedia

 

Dell's plans to sell consumer Linux PCs could hit a snag after the company admitted that the machines will not run popular video formats and might not work with cheaper printers.

The desktop and laptop computers will use the Ubuntu Linux operating system and will only support components that have already been set up to work with Ubuntu.

John Hull, Dell's manager of Linux OS technologies, said on the company's Direct2Dell blog: "At this time, we are not including any support for proprietary audio or video codecs that are not already distributed with Ubuntu 7.04. 

"These include MPEG 1/2/3/4, WMA, WMV, DVD, QuickTime etc. We are evaluating options for providing this support in the future."

Hull also recommended that Linux users buy a Dell printer that includes a PostScript engine to ensure that it works with Ubuntu.

Dell's decision to sell PCs and laptops running Linux came from customer suggestions posted on its IdeaStorm website.

Copyright ©v3.co.uk


Dell Linux PCs lack multimedia
 
 
 
Top Stories
Innovating in the sleepy super industry
There’s little incentive to be on the bleeding edge, so why is Andrew Todd fighting so hard?
 
How technology will unify Toll
The systems headache formed through 15 years of acquisitions.
 
Immigration breached Privacy Act with data leak
Pilgrim slams "copy and paste" of asylum seeker data.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Who do you trust most to protect your private data?







   |   View results
Your bank
  39%
 
Your insurance company
  3%
 
A technology company (Google, Facebook et al)
  7%
 
Your telco, ISP or utility
  8%
 
A retailer (Coles, Woolworths et al)
  2%
 
A Federal Government agency (ATO, Centrelink etc)
  20%
 
An Australian law enforcement agency (AFP, ASIO et al)
  15%
 
A State Government agency (Health dept, etc)
  6%
TOTAL VOTES: 831

Vote