Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

It just works: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Linux Ultrabook review

Filed under
Linux
Hardware
Ubuntu

I've been terribly curious about the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition since we first covered it back in November. This is a different beast from the flippy-touchscreen-equipped XPS 12—this Ultrabook contains zero touchscreens. However, it comes preloaded with Ubuntu Linux, and Dell has spent a substantial amount of time and effort in ensuring that it works—and works well.

In an effort originally known as Project Sputnik, Dell dedicated resources into doing Linux on an Ultrabook "right"—writing code where necessary (and contributing that code back upstream like a good FOSS citizen) and paying attention to the entire user experience rather than merely working on components in a vacuum. The result is a perfectly functional Ultrabook with a few extra tools—that "Developer Edition" moniker isn't just for show, and Dell has added some devops spices into the mix with this laptop that should quicken any developer's heartbeat.

rest here




It Just Works...

Dell did this about 5yrs ago with the Studio 15 laptop. I was relatively new to the linux world at the time and all I read in forums was a bunch of whining about "if we only had a big name manufacturer that would sell linux pre-installed, we'd take over the world!"

So, Dell listened and did just that, but apparently the whiners really meant to say that they wanted an OS that was free to be able to run on the obsolete hardware they bought at a yard sale for $5. So the sales weren't there and Dell stopped making pre-installed linux laptops.

I, however, did put my money where the whiners' mouth's were, and bought one of those Studio 15s. It is a fantastic machine that just works and 5 years later is still just working.

Thanks for trying Dell!!

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Raspberry Pi Foundation's Code Club teaches kids skills to compete in our digital world

For some time, the UK's technology sector has been concerned about finding the right skilled workers to fill jobs in the future. This predicted "digital skills gap" warns that unless we help people to become confident with technology now, we will be facing a huge shortage in skilled workers in the future. One way to overcome the digital skills gap is to invest in training and education for the next generation. Code Club is a network of free coding clubs for primary school students, and all of the projects we work on are open source. There are over 4,500 Code Clubs currently in the UK, reaching an estimated 75,000 children. Read more

The long-awaited Maru OS source release

Hey guys, I'm happy to announce that Maru has been fully open-sourced under The Maru OS Project! There are many reasons that led me to open-source Maru (https://blog.maruos.com/2016/02/11/maru-is-open-source/), but a particularly important one is expanding Maru's device support with the help of the community. If you'd like to help out with a device port (even just offering to test a new build helps a lot), let the community know on the device port planning list (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/maru-os-dev/YufKu...) . We currently have a few Nexus, LG, and Motorola builds being planned. If you don't see your device on there and would like to help with development or testing, please do chip in and we'll get it added to the list. Read more

KaOS Brings Serious Relevance Back to KDE

If you’ve been looking for a distribution to sway you back to the KDE desktop, look no further than KaOS. It’s beautiful, runs with the snap of a much lighter desktop, and feels as reliable as any other option available for Linux. I haven’t been this impressed with KDE for a very, very long time. And, I am certain users would find themselves equally happy to return to a desktop that has long needed a champion like KaOS. Read more

Another Set of Updated Fedora 24 Linux Live ISO Images Are Now Ready to Download

Fedora Unity Project leader and Fedora AmbassadorBen Williams proudly announce the release of yet another set of updated Live ISO images for the Fedora 24 Linux operating system. Read more