Dell announced last night the availability of the XPS 13s “Developers Edition” version. A fantastic ultraportable with Ubuntu preinstalled by default and the possibility to install any other GNU/Linux distro such as Fedora or Debian.
The new Dell XPS13 Ubuntu replaces the original model developed on the “Sputnik Project”. A special version designed for developers.
The new model is better than the previous one in every aspect, starting with the option to mount a multitouch panel that improves the native resolution of your 13,3 pixels QHD + (3200 x 1800 pixels) screen. It is updated to Intel Broadwell processors with the possibility to mount a Core i5-5200U or a Core i7-5500U, 8 Gbtyes of RAM and storage options based on solid state 128-512 Gbytes, SATA or PCIe on the most expensive version.
As for connectivity, it includes the new Wi-Fi ac standard, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB3.0 ports, DisplayPort mini output, backlit keyboard and a new generation touchpad. Dell says the autonomy of the battery is up to 15 hours. It will be less in real conditions, but close enough to estimate.
Dell offers four configurations from $949 (FHD screen, Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 128 SSD) up to $1849 with the aforementioned QHD+ panel, Core i7, 8 GB RAM and 512 GB PCIe SSD. Everybody preinstalls Ubuntu Linux 14.04, even though the firm includes on their blog details to work with other tested distros (Fedora 21 and Debian 7 and 8), including kernel and BIOS recommendations.
This is the ideal computer for those who want a Linux computer with official support and characteristics that can match those of the best ultra-portables in the market, in a poker of aces in which is included Apple’s new MacBook, Lenovo’s Yoga Pro or HP’s EliteBook Folio 1020.
If you want more, Dell is selling the Precision M3800 workstation. A computer with a Sharp’s 4K IGZO display, Intel’s most powerful processor, a professional NVIDIA graphics card and the support states that Ubuntu is the company that offers the best support within Linux distros.