Dell Kickstarts 2018 with a Brand New Linux Laptop

Jan 09, 2018

The new laptop comes with Ubuntu 16.04 pre-loaded.

Dell is one of the only major PC vendors that sells Linux pre-loaded systems. The company has announced a brand new laptop from the XPS 13 family that runs Ubuntu Linux. The 7th generation XPS 13 Developer Edition (9370) is powered by Intel’s 8th generation Quad Core processor and features a brand new chassis and a new display.

These machines are a result of Project Sputnik, which started back in 2012 and celebrated its 5th anniversary last year.

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition features 8th Generation Intel Quad Core, i5 (US and Canada only), and i7 versions. It comes with three different configurations for memory - 4GB, 8GB or 16GB Dual Channel SDRAM. Users can get up to 1TB of storage. The system also comes with a choice of the UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) InfinityEdge touch display or the FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge display. It comes with a USB Type C port for transfer and 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports with with PowerShare, DC-In & DisplayPort. It also has a built in SD card reader.

Dell’s engineering teams work with partners to develop drivers for supported Linux distributions. These machines comes with the LTS release of Ubuntu and offer a complete out-of-the-box experience with full support for touch screen. Although Ubuntu is the officially supported OS, users can wipe the hard drive and install any OS of their choice without worrying about the hardware warranty.

High demand for the system means that Dell is also making it available in some European countries, including the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland (French and German), Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

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