I wanted to take a real example of systems that Canonical works with OEMs to pre-install and try to explain what does it all mean! So I would like to introduce to you DELL’s Latitude 2120.
The Latitude 2120 is a rubberized netbook that was recently announced at CES. Canonical had been working with DELL to ensure that it would be enabled with Ubuntu 10.10 from launch.
We are listing the Latitude 2120 in our website as “Certified (Pre-install Only)”. This basically means that you can either buy it with Ubuntu 10.10 in the shops (in some regions) or that you can install the 2120 specific ISO provided by DELL, via their support center.
But why not install Ubuntu 10.10 from the Ubuntu.com website? Simply because it won’t work. The Latitude 2120 was released to market on January 2011 while Ubuntu 10.10 was released during October 2010 (hence the name!).
Not all the work done, to support the brand-new hardware packed into this netbook, has had a chance to make it into the Ubuntu mainline. We may need to wait until Ubuntu 11.04 is released for the DELL Latitude 2120 to be fully supported by “stock” Ubuntu. To make sure this happens, we will be testing in advance this and other enabled systems in our certification lab.