Dell and GNU/Linux
After teasing its customers last month with news that the Skylake-powered 'Project Sputnik' XPS 13 developer edition laptop will be shipping with Ubuntu, Dell now announces that its entire Precision mobile workstation series comes with Ubuntu preinstalled.
We really liked the updated Skylake-powered Dell XPS 13, and its bigger brother, the XPS 15, was also pretty great.
But if you're looking at those machines and thinking, "Well, the hardware is nice; I just wish they came with Linux," Dell has some good news. The company's "Developer Edition" program has just been updated to include the newest Skylake systems.
The Developer Edition XPS 13s are slightly different from the Windows versions, as they use Intel Wi-Fi adaptors (instead of Dell-branded parts). Otherwise, little has changed save for them coming with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS instead of Windows 10. The range of configurations available is also narrower. Currently, only the i7 processor is available with the beautiful 3200×1800 touch display. This can be had with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD, or 16GB RAM and 512GB, or 1TB of SSD. Dell says that later on, an i5 model with 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and the 1920×1080 non-touch display will be available.