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'how is dell burning you?'

It's a 4 yr old Inspiron 1420, yet, even with the latest versions of Ubuntu / Mint, basic stuff like Bluetooth and the webcam still don't work. I'd hoped they'd catch up on such simple things by now.

Also, CDs will either skip or not burn on my machine, but work seamlessly on an identical one bought at the same time as mine, but running Vista!!

Yes, it does need both Broadcom and Nvidia drivers to be downloaded, but, to your point, that's offered on install, so no big deal there.

Here's the joke: "Canonical and Dell have teamed up to offer an extensive range of Dell desktop and notebook configurations, certified and suitable for home use, business use or software development. Dell and Canonical engineers collaborate every day to certify Dell hardware on Ubuntu, to a level that customers can rely on."!!

I've had a number of interesting conversations with Dell techs over the years on this problem. Ten times out of ten they don't even know what Ubuntu is or does, let alone be of any help. In fact, on their tech support website, they have only two options for OS: Vista/ XP/ BIOS, and some of its menus won't work on anything but IE!

(Plus, it has the worst, most jumpy keyboard I've ever used :(
Probably something they carefully design into their systems to differentiate themselves from Thinkpads/ Macs!)
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