If you are like one of the many people, including myself, who prefer to use a GNU/Linux distribution as your daily driver in place of one of the other common operating systems, you are going to love this. In the past, getting a GNU/Linux distribution on your machine would either involve replacing the operating system on a computer or purchase a computer from a boutique manufacturer that caters to the Linux community. Dell has been an exception and has stocked a limited number of underwhelming Linux laptops in the past however Dell has heard the cries of Linux users for a premium offering.
Dell has just refreshed their entire Linux lineup to include the popular XPS 13, which was previously only available with Windows. The Linux flavor of the Dell XPS 13 is known as the “Developer Edition” and is available in one of three configurations depending on how much you are willing to invest. Each of these laptops feature the same touch enabled QHD+ Infinity Display which offers an almost bezel less design and the same 6th generation Skylake Intel Core i7-6560U processor. The only differences come down to the RAM and Storage configurations.
The base model of the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition starts at $1,549.99 and includes 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB PCIe solid state hard drive. At the other end of the spectrum, you can pick up the highest configuration for $2,349.99 which includes 16 GB of RAM and a 1TB PCIe solid state hard disk. All of the laptops feature the same Intel Iris 540 GPU which should be enough for most tasks and some lightweight gaming.
All three of the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Laptops ship with the latest (as of this writing) build of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and can be upgraded to future builds with little effort. Ubuntu is an excellent general purpose Linux distribution that is both easy to learn and very powerful.
If the Dell XPS line does not suit your needs, Dell is also offering the option of ordering several of their “Precision” line of laptops with Ubuntu as well. The option to order a Precision with Ubuntu installed specifically impacts the 3510, 5510, 7510 and 7710 models. Dell’s Precision line of laptops are dells more powerful line of machines and unlike the XPS line, the RAM and Hard Disks can easily be replaced or upgraded.
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