Yes, it is Linux on Dell, rather than Microsoft Windows Software. Dell is updating its laptops (XPS 13 is also included) which ship with Ubuntu Linux. The company has released a new version of its XPS 13 Developer Edition that comes with Ubuntu Linux 14.04. And, it is certainly a great piece of news.
The new Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is an Ubuntu-powered version of the new XPS 13 laptop with Intel Skylake processor options. If you were hoping to save money by purchasing a laptop that does not come with a Windows license, you should think twice. None of the options that you want to buy are cheap. Rather, they are a lot more expensive. The cheapest XPS 13 Developer Edition at the moment sells for $1550.
What you get for that price is –
- A thin and light 13-inch laptop with a Core i7 Skylake processor,
- 8GB of RAM, 256GB of solid state storage,
- A 3200 x 1800 pixel touchscreen display
Dell says somewhat more affordable models with Core i5 processors are on the way, but the company is positioning these as premium laptops for folks who prefer a Linux-based operating system, not as budget models for users who just don’t want to pay for Windows.
Dell also offers models with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage. In the long run, Dell plans to update to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which will be released in April. But it does not have an exact date for when factory images based on the newer version of Ubuntu will be available. Users should be able to update the software on their own.