Dell's Alienware X51 gaming PC can now have Ubuntu OS installed

In January 2012, Dell's Alienware gaming PC division announced the X51, a PC that was designed to have a more compact look, much like a game console is supposed to have. While the Alienware X51 PC has been sold with the option of having either Windows 7 or Windows 8 installed, today Dell announced that the X51 can now be sold with yet another OS.

In a post on the Dell blog, the company revealed that Ubuntu is now available as an install option for the Alienware X51. It's the first time that Dell has offered a Linux-based OS as an option for one of its Alienware PCs. The blog states that the Ubuntu Alienware X51 will come with supported NVIDIA graphics drivers.

The blog also points out that Linux gamers can download and install Valve's Steam PC game download client on the Ubuntu Alienware X51. Valve officially launched Linux support for Steam in February after beta testing the client for a number of months. Currently just under 100 Linux-based games are available to purchase on Steam. Dell's blog states that the Ubuntu Alienware X51 also supports Steam's Big Picture mode for playing games on a big screen television.

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TurboShrimp said,
Not to mention Ubuntu has an amazing consistent GUI and with Wine play Battlefield 3 at 116FPS @ 1080p on a 32" led monitor.

Wine is a hit or miss wether games will run on your system.
Should not use it to convince people to start gaming on Linux. As it might work for you perfectly with BF3, it might not with you're neighbours system.

TurboShrimp said,
Not to mention Ubuntu has an amazing consistent GUI and with Wine play Battlefield 3 at 116FPS @ 1080p on a 32" led monitor.

Ubunto is the worst gui I've ever used.. can you say taking the worst of mac and worst of windows then hodgepodging it all together?

Seriously.. if people got over their hate of Windows 8, they would see how simply elegant the new UI is.. just needs apps to embrace it

spudtrooper said,

Ubunto is the worst gui I've ever used.. can you say taking the worst of mac and worst of windows then hodgepodging it all together?

Seriously.. if people got over their hate of Windows 8, they would see how simply elegant the new UI is.. just needs apps to embrace it

A Blocky touch screen OS on top of a legacy desktop that has not changed since windows vista except for removing the start button is far from elegant.

TurboShrimp said,

A Blocky touch screen OS on top of a legacy desktop that has not changed since windows vista except for removing the start button is far from elegant.


Have you ever used Win7 or Win8? Seen it on videos?

Besides that Vista has a desktop, little it the same.

Or you think KDE is identical to Windows Vista as well?

If i could post screenshots of vista / 7 / 8 desktop to prove to you its all the same all the way back to windows 95 i would . but microsoft has Blinded you.

A legacy desktop is just that a wallapper shortcuts on desktop and taskbar at the bottom with a start button.

you can not change the color and call it new . and from the days of windows 95 up till now it is the 100% same desktop. its old old old .

the Square 4th grade touch OS ontop of this desktop is a HORRID MESS and a mistake and the reason why windows 8 is a total failure and still is not selling anyware close to what microsoft wants it to .

in order for windows 8 to be better then windows 7 it has to pass the sales of windows 7 and it is just not going to happen . and no color Blue service pack is going to help.

so once again yes my Ununtu / fedora / opensuse dsktops BLOW windows 8 away in almost every aspect. plain solid 1st grade squares and pastel colors are a laughing joke. windows 8 is a flop nothing you can say will change that.

fact are facts and not a single person on this site can PROVE it is not .
if you dare to i need Multi sources with links and sales figures

OEM does not count because i work for an OEM and we have thousands of OEM stickers that does not mean sales .

TurboShrimp said,
A legacy desktop is just that a wallapper shortcuts on desktop and taskbar at the bottom with a start button.
so once again yes my Ununtu / fedora / opensuse dsktops BLOW windows 8 away in almost every aspect.

Uh-huh.

KDE? Almost identical setup to Windows. And oh look, they've come out with Homerun, a full screen launcher too.
Gnome 2? Two bars instead of one, still got a desktop, start button, etc, never mind dead minus Mate's attempts to keep it alive.
Gnome 3? Nah, and some design decisions that are even more WTF and counter-productive than Windows 8's. Fortunately both can be adjusted.
Unity? Move that taskbar to the left, completely cripple the file manager, and let's show ads while we're at it. Otherwise, more of the same.
Cinnamon? Nah, back to the same taskbar, desktop, start button setup. At least it's Gnome 3 done right-ish.
XFCE? Watered down Gnome 2, replace the bottom bar with a dock. Magical.

Some real "innovation" there too. So which desktop is it that's "blowing" away Windows?

all of them are still 100% better then a Pastel Easter egg Solid bar seriously dont bother with a reply im done trying to un brainwash you

TurboShrimp said,
all of them are still 100% better then a Pastel Easter egg Solid bar seriously dont bother with a reply im done trying to un brainwash you

Riiiight. Brainwashing, I'm sure that's it. How about laying off the elitist rhetoric a tad shall we? Thought it was obvious but some of us aren't exactly new to the Linux world and use Windows by choice just because it suits our needs better and more efficiently. But I suppose brainwashing works too.

TurboShrimp said,
in order for windows 8 to be better then windows 7 it has to pass the sales of windows 7 and it is just not going to happen . and no color Blue service pack is going to help.

And by the same logic in order for Ubuntu to be better than Windows 8 it needs to superpass its marketshare, Lol just shot yourself in the foot there.

Im happy to say my opinion of Windows 8 isn't based on sales figures its based on my own independent deployment.

TurboShrimp said,
sure does and a full office suit

Which needs the jabba runtime environment.

Max Norris said,

Riiiight. Brainwashing, I'm sure that's it. How about laying off the elitist rhetoric a tad shall we? Thought it was obvious but some of us aren't exactly new to the Linux world and use Windows by choice just because it suits our needs better and more efficiently. But I suppose brainwashing works too.

Now your just mad it's ok .

Funny thing about opinions is everyone has them. And for you and anything Microsoft related looks better then any Linux distro and that's ok . My opinion is linspire 10 years ago looks 10000 times better then windows 8 Xbox 360 and windows phone 8 put together.

Sorry if I got you angry just breath a little

TurboShrimp said,
Now your just mad it's ok . ... Sorry if I got you angry just breath a little

Lol exaggerate much? You're of course entitled to your opinion.. but when you get up on your soapbox and try and shove it down everyone's throat as fact, and then start throwing insults and spit out misinformation when *gasp* other people have other opinions, well, then it's just sad. Looks like you're the one who's getting hopping mad when somebody has a difference of opinion.. it's all about "freedom of choice" and all that rhetoric.. until somebody chooses something else, then it's all "humping legs" and "brainwashed fanboys." Hypocrisy is funny that way.

TurboShrimp said,
And for you and anything Microsoft related looks better then any Linux distro and that's ok

Again, save your little speech, don't pretend you know me or know what I run on my systems as you don't have the slightest clue. Throw you a minor hint though, the core OS I'm running isn't by Microsoft. This particular Windows desktop I'm typing on is virtualized, and it's not Windows 8. Cute, but do try again.

TurboShrimp said,
What's wrong with java ?

Aside from the serious overhead, performance issues and frequent malware problems? Not much.

Max Norris said,

Lol exaggerate much? You're of course entitled to your opinion.. but when you get up on your soapbox and try and shove it down everyone's throat as fact, and then start throwing insults and spit out misinformation when *gasp* other people have other opinions, well, then it's just sad. Looks like you're the one who's getting hopping mad when somebody has a difference of opinion.. it's all about "freedom of choice" and all that rhetoric.. until somebody chooses something else, then it's all "humping legs" and "brainwashed fanboys." Hypocrisy is funny that way.


Again, save your little speech, don't pretend you know me or know what I run on my systems as you don't have the slightest clue. Throw you a minor hint though, the core OS I'm running isn't by Microsoft. This particular Windows desktop I'm typing on is virtualized, and it's not Windows 8. Cute, but do try again.


Aside from the serious overhead, performance issues and frequent malware problems? Not much.

So you come to a topic about Linux then bash it for its looks then claim to not be running windows lol so you enjoy your Mac that's nice don't bash Linux I'm done here I made my point your blowing it out of per portion . Just for the record I never wanted to make you angry enjoy your Mac .

TurboShrimp said,
So you come to a topic about Linux then bash it for its looks then claim to not be running windows lol so you enjoy your Mac that's nice don't bash Linux I'm done here I made my point your blowing it out of per portion . Just for the record I never wanted to make you angry enjoy your Mac .

Wow, just wow. Lets see.. first, I wasn't bashing Linux's looks. (Um, they all can be customized. Even Windows.) I was responding to your generic "Linux blows the doors off of all" rant and the state of the desktop environments, and how they don't "blow away" other systems, sorry that's subjective, at best, never mind you going on about how different they were when in fact, nope, they're not. Taskbar, check. Desktop, check. Popup start menus, check. All your whining about how Windows hasn't change since 95 pretty much applies to the others too.. and 8's full screen start screen, well gee, some of the *Nix desktops are starting to include that functionality too. Meh, start menu replacements are hardly unique to Windows 8... been around long before that.

Second, nope, I don't run OSX either.. I do have a Hackintosh for testing purposes but OSX isn't my thing.. not bashing it, just not a fan. If you must know, primarily it's BSD under the hood, with multiple Linux and Windows systems virtualized, mostly working with 7 as it's my personal favorite of them all, plus the obligatory real install for the occasional game that doesn't play nice with Wine. I don't claim it's the best setup for everybody, just me, and I certainly don't have to go on and on and on about how superior it is to anybody who'll listen. If you want a good Linux versus BSD debate I'm game, PM me.

And third, it'll take a lot more than the typical propaganda rants to make me mad... you'd be surprised how often this nonsense gets thrown around on the various forums. At least I'll give you credit for not telling me how I'm damned for using proprietary software or claiming Linux is immune to malware. Sorry to disappoint, but mildly amused, at best. If I were mad I'd be throwing insults and point out how idiotic you sound, but you see, I'm not.

And My Windows 8 Enterprise is customized to my needs with literally thousands of settings from Applocker to a security policy from the NSA in literally seconds during bootup but I don't feel the need to brag about it In every Linux news entry because I know that the best os is subjective and determined by the users needs.

I LOVE Linux.. I really really do.. And I am Glad they are doing this.. But.. Linux has at least a good five years before they can considered for gaming.. With that said.. It will have to take 100% dedicated from game publishing companies during that five year.. I just don't see it happening my self. Look at OSX.. Mac has BLOWN up over the years and just not getting some good titles.. Still has crap drivers compared to Windows.. Everyone will have to work together to make Linux good as a gaming OS.. I think a good move is Ubuntu removing X11 in the future... While I know that as nothing to with how well games play.. but it IS holding Linux has.. Linux is open and there is SOO much you can do with it.. X11 limited the OS a good bit.. Good to see more solutions..

Boggles my mind that someone would go out and buy an overpriced gaming machine, only to run Ubuntu on it with limited game support. Might get to play some Portal 2 or Half Life 2 on it, but all it becomes in the end is a very expensive Facebook machine

A "piece of crap" that surpassed Linux's 20 years of building up users in just a few hours after being released for sale.

I guess because of this release you really, really mean it this time when you say it is the year of Linux?

SoylentG said,
A "piece of crap" that surpassed Linux's 20 years of building up users in just a few hours after being released for sale.

I guess because of this release you really, really mean it this time when you say it is the year of Linux?

Why are you so angry and defensive in every post you make.

Gaming is Kinda Useless in ubuntu, even after steam launched client for linux and soon unity game engine would be ported to linux, windows will always be top choice for gamers.

These days ubuntu is more of a shopping store than os and unity launcher is crap.

This could be the first "steambox" machine! In which case there could be tons of games released from major developers like EA, blizzard, activision etc.

I don't see millions of people walking around with Ubuntu tablets, listening to music on the Ubuntu MP3 player or phone, and I don't have Ubuntu on my TV. Those are all the requirements for a product to be successful, and if and this same question is always asked of one company's products. But then again, an OS with a sub 1% use gets to live by different standards.

SoylentG said,
I don't see millions of people walking around with Ubuntu tablets, listening to music on the Ubuntu MP3 player or phone, and I don't have Ubuntu on my TV. Those are all the requirements for a product to be successful, and if and this same question is always asked of one company's products. But then again, an OS with a sub 1% use gets to live by different standards.

You must be joking lol I'm not feeding this person ill leave it at that. Don't fall for posts like this people he knows better.

SoylentG said,
I don't see millions of people walking around with Ubuntu tablets, listening to music on the Ubuntu MP3 player or phone, and I don't have Ubuntu on my TV. Those are all the requirements for a product to be successful, and if and this same question is always asked of one company's products. But then again, an OS with a sub 1% use gets to live by different standards.

That's because Ubuntu TV, Phone, Tablet etc just have been announced! And mostly servers are using Ubuntu as a whole. Now that Ubuntu have support for Steam client, why not?

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Servers are using Ubuntu? Maybe if you run a server at your home sure, any other case hell no. There are more advanced distros out there for that.

That's what you would think, but no.
I've seen "professional" companies using Ubuntu servers.... And not just once, I see it quite regulary. People pick a distro based on its success. Not based on its security or how the creators of the Distro run the OS (I personally have much respect for how Debian is run)

Ubuntu server is like Windows Home server. Suited for home use, but in NO frigging way for a cooperate environment. People seem to forget Ubuntu's Stable packages are being ripped out of the Debian Sid repositories, and are in the TESTING repos of Debian for a reason.

I tried convincing the last company I worked for to upgrade to Debian or FreeBSD. Either of these will do fine, a server needed to be setup, I set it up to run Debian, and my coworkers got confused and for some reason barely knew how to use Debian. (sudo -s becomes su -... such a giant difference lol).

That's exactly the main problem. Ubuntu is one of the easiest to use but doesn't mean it's the best one to use. Any day I'll go with Debian or Suse (Yeah I know how much hate Suse gets, don't care tbh) just to be safe. Like I said Ubuntu server is only good for home use, that's it.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
That's exactly the main problem. Ubuntu is one of the easiest to use but doesn't mean it's the best one to use. Any day I'll go with Debian or Suse (Yeah I know how much hate Suse gets, don't care tbh) just to be safe. Like I said Ubuntu server is only good for home use, that's it.

Ubuntu used on servers is probably more widely spread than you might expect. The server release of Ubuntu is excellent... so lightweight, so fast, and just such a LACK of hassle compared to other Linux distributions. Personally I love it as a server OS.

And in terms of more significant takeup, take for example the vShield and Deep Security system on VMware. vShield is their neat solution for putting up firewalls outside of VM's, meaning you can manage them all through your Virtual Centre. Deep Security is agentless anti-malware which offloads all the scanning and associate overhead to a single appliance per ESX host. Guess what distribution of Linux the appliances for each of those products use? Yep... Ubuntu.

For how long this time? Dell has done things like this time and time again, supporting Linux. But its never been worth the effort. I wonder how long they'll keep Ubuntu optionable.