Dell’s Ubuntu Family Grows

Dell have added another Ubuntu powered laptop to their range. This time it’s the Inspiron 1525 which, starting at £299, looks to be a pretty good deal to me. It’s amazing what happens when you get rid of the Microshaft tax

You can buy it in the UK, France, Spain and Germany now and the USA will get it later this month.

I wonder why Dell are releasing into Europe first this time? Are they having better sales success here. Perhaps even the UK public is buying into FOSS more than our Government would like us to…

My Dad, after seeing a liveCD of Ubuntu, wants me to come and install it on his computer for him. He said “It’s better than Windows isn’t it?”… Not bad for an 81 year old.

My Dad

Yesterday (5th August 2007) I took my Dad to a field in Wiltshire somewhere between Hungerford and Andover. Not all that remarkable you might think…

It was a present to mark his 80th Birthday. We bought him a trip in a Glider. Something I recalled him saying many years ago that he would love to do.

Well. He did it, enjoyed it and didn’t seem to be phased by it at all. In fact the pilot let him take the controls for a few turns, they got up to 2500ft riding the thermals and were airborne for the best part of half an hour.

If I can do half the stuff my Dad does when I get to 80 (which I probably won’t anyway) I’ll be a very happy man.

Cheers Dad, I love you.

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An eight litre Chevvy engine has a LOT of pulling power! Here’s a video of the take-off uploaded to You Tube. And here’s the landing.