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 3200×1800 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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    • Ninjitsu
    • 5 years ago

    Here in India, if you walk into a store, you can get almost any notebook in the following four flavours:
    1. FreeDOS
    2. Ubuntu
    3. Windows (pirated)
    4. Windows (legit).

      • Peter.Parker
      • 5 years ago

      How do they sell the pirated version, is there no Police control over the copyright?

        • auxy
        • 5 years ago

        Of course not. Just like there’s (almost) no police control over prostitution, or slave trade, or drugs, or virtually anything else, outside of the larger cities.

        When you have a billion people in a (relatively) small space, it becomes almost impossible to police anything.

        • willmore
        • 5 years ago

        Can you imagine training a whole police force to be able to tell legit from pirated windows?

          • UberGerbil
          • 5 years ago

          You don’t train the entire police force. You have specialized units for it.

          True story: back in the late 80s / early 90s, Italy had by far the highest piracy rate in the G7 and in (non-Soviet) Europe. Then Microsoft and some of the other then-big software companies pointed out to the Italian government that they weren’t seeing any tax revenue from pirated software, since a price of zero meant a tax of zero. Once the Italian Tax Police ([i<]Guardia di Finanza[/i<]) got involved, piracy rates plummeted, and now piracy rates in Italy are on par with the rest of western Europe.

            • pattakosn
            • 5 years ago

            Same shit different places/times.

            How many Indian people would use windows/office if they had to pay for them?

            The end of M$ piracy would have been the greatest push to spread open source software.

    • End User
    • 5 years ago

    High five to Dell for offering Ubuntu on the XPS 13. A very tempting config.

    • Zizy
    • 5 years ago

    Get Ubuntu edition and install volume Win10 license on the computer 😛
    Why is it called developer edition? Anything special available that isn’t also on Windows? Or is coding the only thing the machine is good for?

      • WasabiVengeance
      • 5 years ago

      [quote<]Get Ubuntu edition and install volume Win10 license on the computer 😛 [/quote<] But then you have windows and not ubuntu. Why break it? 😛 [quote<]Why is it called developer edition?[/quote<] Dell wrote some fairly useful applications for building apps and scripting cloud deployments. I've heard that they're pretty neat, but really only work for a certain kind of app.

        • auxy
        • 5 years ago

        [quote=”WasabiVengeance”<]But then you have windows and not ubuntu. Why break it? :P[/quote<]You mean [i<]fix[/i<], right? Because it comes broken. It won't even run minesweeper! (*‘∀‘) It doesn't even include CANYON.MID!

          • Pwnstar
          • 5 years ago

          LOL

    • Deanjo
    • 5 years ago

    Nice, $100 cheaper and (although Dell is pretty good at keeping most of it off) no crapware.

      • Peter.Parker
      • 5 years ago

      No surprise there is no crapware (or almost none), because Dell was bought by Microsoft (or bribed, whichever you prefer). Now Microsoft has all the interest in the world to attract people to Windows OS, and since it is a known fact that crapware is one of the reasons people avoid Windows, I’m prety sure they had something to do with this.

        • Flatland_Spider
        • 5 years ago

        Dell is just more customer focused then HP or Lenovo. People hate the crapware, so they pared it down.

          • Concupiscence
          • 5 years ago

          They’re also privately traded now, which means they’re under less pressure from investors to subject their customers to awful bundleware for the sake of a tiny increase in margins.

            • Flatland_Spider
            • 5 years ago

            This started well before they went private.

            Specifically the Vostro line.

          • Deanjo
          • 5 years ago

          I would say that corporate pressure would have had more of an influence.

            • Flatland_Spider
            • 5 years ago

            The hate can flow both ways.

            Whichever. It simplifies support for Dell, and people get a cleaner install that works better.

        • sweatshopking
        • 5 years ago

        Thank goodness. bloatware sucks. Dell makes some decent machines. If microsoft forced them to have less, thanks microsoft.

    • wierdo
    • 5 years ago

    Is it that time of year already where OEMs haggle for better pricing on Windows licenses? My, time passes so fast.

    /s

    • nico1982
    • 5 years ago

    Nice.

    As a side note, sadly, in most EU countries, Dell does not sell the cheaper non-touch, matte screen, FullHD only version :/

      • tsk
      • 5 years ago

      It’s really sad they don’t, I find that version superior.

        • EndlessWaves
        • 5 years ago

        1600×900 effective is a more sensible resolution on a 13″ screen.

          • Peter.Parker
          • 5 years ago

          What is stopping you from changing the resolution? At least with a Full HD screen, we’ll have this option.

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