Dell re-invents Ubuntu!
I’ve just spotted something rather unusual on Dell’s website, apparently it’s called an Ubuntu Website. Interestingly it looks like it says that Ubuntu is just like Microsoft Windows or Apple MacOS and lists 10 things you should know about Ubuntu. (or, reading between the lines, 10 reasons why you should use Ubuntu rather than Windows)
If on the other hand you don’t scan it and instead read it in detail, it actually says that Ubuntu is an operating system, and that you can use it to surf the web. Unless those two sentences are there to be deliberately misleading, I’m not sure they’re really required.
Not entirely sure what to make of this, whereas it’s nice to see Dell supporting Linux, no, sorry, Ubuntu, I can’t help but think that the site is a bit of an afterthought and if Dell think this site only warrants half and hour of a web designer’s time, exactly how seriously are they taking the product?
The first 4 points they make refer to how good Ubuntu is, then out of the blue on point 5 they tell us that viruses and spyware written by hackers are not designed to target and attack Linux… which is fine, I guess, albeit a bit of a generalisation, but this is the first time Linux has been mentioned on the page (or site!).
When we get to the last but one point, then we’re told that Ubuntu is based on Linux. These 10 points are numbered in descending order, could it possibly be that someone has copied them onto the site backwards, the result being that the word Linux is introduced after it’s already been used?
Then we have the feature comparison table, which looks for all the world like a standard HTML table inside the page, until you notice that the quality of the text is pretty poor and the styling doesn’t match the rest of the page. Sure enough, it’s a clipping from somewhere else that’s been scanned and dumped in as an image.
I’m sorry, maybe afterthought was a little too kind, what on earth are Dell thinking?
Take a look and tell me what you think, Dell’s Ubuntu Website is here.
Can anyone prepared to take a peek click on the Forums link in the right hand column and tell me if they can find any trace of Ubuntu (or Linux) somewhere inside, I can’t help but think I’m missing something .. ??
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