Ubuntu Officially Supported by Dell?

As an interesting continued note to my post about Michael Dell, Fabián Rodríguez, a Senior Ubuntu Support Analyst at Canonical Ltd, is reporting that Ubuntu Linux will be Officially Supported by Dell Computers. Whether this support comes in the form of Canonical Support or in-house at Dell remains to be seen. My guess would be that Dell will be contracting with Canonical to provide the support.

Normally, I wouldn't do this, but "dude, I'm getting a Dell."

Update: DesktopLinux.com has more details, including the specific machines to come preinstalled and ship dates.  Looks pretty solid to me.

Microsoft Employee switches to Linux

A Microsoft employee wondering why he had lost his creativity found a solution: he switched to Linux.  I think this is enlightening on both operating systems and on corporate culture in general.

Michael Dell runs Linux!

Michael Dell (Chairman of Dell Computer) runs Linux, as evidenced by his computer profile. Pretty cool, and might explain the move to increased support for Linux. That being said, it'll probably still be a while before we see pre-installed Ubuntu laptops from Dell. We can only hope. :)

Battery Disappeared

On my Latitude D620 (my work laptop) the battery has "disappeared".  Both Linux and the BIOS show that no battery in installed.  That being said, the battery charge light is on when the battery is in, and the light is off if I remove the battery, so there must be SOMETHING there.  Any thoughts welcome.

OpenWRT on WRT54GL

My WRT54GL arrived today (nice little birthday gift) and I promptly installed OpenWRT on it.  It was an incredibly simple process, just download a file and upload it to the router as a new firmware.  Very straightforward.

The configuration is amazingly flexible, though you do need to be comfortable with the shell to get the most out of it.  In most cases, you can find a tutorial on the OpenWRT wiki to walk you through the necessary steps.  Most tutorials literally provide you with each command.

What I'd eventually like to do is this: set up the router to have two SSIDs, one for private use and one for when friends, etc. come over. The trick is to have different encryption schemes, authentication, and routing schemes.

One other thing I need to do is completely revamp my firewalling policy on my desktop and laptop.  I don't need tight filters, but I do need to not trust supposedly-local IPs as much.

So, coming soon, Network 2.0 :)