Dell updates Linux desktops with Ubuntu 7.10

— 5:02 PM on December 19, 2007

Two months ago, Canonical released version 7.10 of its popular Ubuntu Linux operating system. The new OS brought enhancements like 3D visual effects, desktop search, improved hardware support, fast user switching, and a host of miscellaneous new features. According to a post on the official Direct2Dell blog, Dell has now updated its Ubuntu-powered machines with the new release.

The upgrade applies to the Insipron 530 N desktop and Inspiron 1420 N notebook, which Dell currently sells for a respective $499 and $754 in the United States. Versions of the systems in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany will also get the upgrade later this week.

Along with the upgrade, Dell has worked to make its Ubuntu machines a little friendlier for novice users by pre-installing DVD movie playback software and the Adobe Flash plugin for Firefox. There are also improved recovery options, including the ability to do a factory restore from the system's hard drive and to burn a recovery image to DVD from the Ubuntu desktop.

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