Dell to offer Ubuntu on Broadwell-powered XPS 13

The Broadwell-toting, ultra-compact refresh of Dell's XPS 13 ultrabook came out last month, and it's currently available only with Windows 8.1. According to Liliputing, however, that's about to change.

The site says Dell is cooking up a "developer edition" of the system that will trade Windows for Canonical's Ubuntu Linux.

That option wouldn't be out of the ordinary for Dell, since the company also offered the previous version of the XPS 13 with Ubuntu. However, as Liliputing points out, this year's XPS 13 is the first with a Broadwell processor and a 3200x1800 touch-screen display. The system also features an ultra-slim bezel that's earned it the title of world's smallest 13" notebook—at least by Dell's account.

The Ubuntu option should allow folks to nab the new XPS 13 at a discount over the Windows model. Liliputing says going with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on the pricier Precision M3800 workstation entails savings of $101.50. Sadly, there's no word yet on when the "developer edition" of the new XPS 13 is due.

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