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01 February 2011

OEM + India + Ubuntu

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From: Prakash Advani
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:21:37 +0530
Subject: Re: [ubuntu-in] Netbooks - suggestions and advise
To: ubuntu-in@lists.ubuntu.com

I have a few suggestions here.. My job at Canonical requires me to work
with OEMs such as the ones you have mentioned to ship with Ubuntu. I
thought I will reply to some of the discussions in come common email.

Here are few options.

Dell has Ubuntu options, they launched a new model M101Z, this one has
Win7 + Ubuntu Light which is a small foot print Ubuntu, that boots up
quickly and has a Unity interface for browsing, music.. etc..

Ubuntu pre-installs are now available in India from HCL, Wipro, eSys
(Range Wizard), Simmtronics, Dell and Lenovo..

If you don't get them in your favourite model and if there is a larger
requirement, do let me know.

If you need smaller quantities its better to ask the vendors directly.
The more people ask them, better for us :)

Also some of them have DOS options, not as good as pre-installed Ubuntu
as you may run into driver issues. But would save you on Windows
licensing (tax) if you are not going to use Windows.

The challenges with these companies are they Don't know how to Sell
Ubuntu, they struggle with Demos and hence don't promote it.

If we can form a group of people willing to help them demo Ubuntu in
different cities, we can made a difference.

What is needed for Ubuntu enthusiasts need to go and explain Ubuntu to
general users. OEMs need this support at stores, exhibitions, boots, etc.

If people are interested, let me know .. we can create a list of people
willing to help, cities and availability. Like someone may be available
only on a weekend or evening.

I can then circulate it to these companies.

in a few months Ubuntu will be more commonly available..:)

Regards
Prakash

On 01/24/2011 07:10 PM, Ramnarayan.K wrote:
> Hi
>
> Some friends are planning to get them selves netbooks - they asked me
> to do the research and also install an appropriate Linux OS. My choice
> being an Ubuntu netbook version
>
> There is a cost constraint - so we narrowed down to a few models those
> what offerec DOS (none seem to be offering linux)
>
>
> 1. Asus EEPC N455 1015
> Intel Atom CPU, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, 10" Display,Wifi, Bluetooth,
> Camera, No Optical Drive, Win XP Home
> Cost Rs 14,500 + 5% VAT
>
> 2. Samsung N480
> Intel Atom CPU, 1 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, 10" Display,Wifi, Camera, No
> Optical Drive, DOS
> Cost Rs 14,500 + 5 % TAX
>
>
> 3. Samsung N150 You can see details here
>
> Intel Atom CPU, 1 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, 10" Display,Wifi, Camera, No
> Optical Drive, Win 7 Starter
> Cost Rs 15,500 + 5 % TAX
>
> 4. Lenovo S10 Model NB59-051325 You can see details here
>
> Intel Atom CPU, 1 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, 10" Display,Wifi, Bluetooth,
> Camera, No Optical Drive, Win 7 Starter
> Cost Rs 16,400 + 5 % TAX
>
>
> I have discarded dell as an option because their quality sucks. the
> link to the Lenovo is provided because it think they have one of the
> best devices.
>
> As far as system specs go they are all pretty similar.
>
> **
> It seems cost and specs wise the Samsung N480 seems a good buy
> (costing just a shade over 15 K) having a 250 gig HD and 1 GB RAM.
> Along with all the other connectivity specs.
>
> **
> I know asus and lenovo's are generally compatible with Linux OS,
> however am not sure about Samsungs (generally or specifically to this
> model)
>
> Am concurrently doing a google search on reviews and views but would
> appreciate inputs from list members on good netbooks price range 14 -
> 16 K) and on samsungs as experienced by you,
>
> thanks
> ram

By- Narendra Sisodiya

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