Dell updates its XPS lineup with the latest Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Dell has a range of smashing Linux pre-installed laptops and workstations, the latest iterations of which was launched only a few months ago. Dell XPS 13 being the flagship product becomes the first to receive the latest Ubuntu 18.04 LTS as the default choice. It is really not that hard to install a modern Linux OS like Ubuntu in most laptops and PCs, but when you buy a Linux pre-installed machine from vendors like Dell or System76, it goes a long way in improving the hardware support for Linux.

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Dell developer editions aka Ubuntu pre-installed laptops are part of Dell’s ‘Project Sputnik’ that set the ball rolling over 5 years ago. The original XPS13 was launched with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Back then there was only one configuration of the XPS 13 developer edition and it came with 8GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 1,280 x 720 display, quality specs even when you compare it with today’s mid-high range laptops.

“The XPS 13 developer edition is now in its seventh generation with 13 configurations. The top of the line developer edition comes with 16GB RAM, a 1TB SSD and a UHD (3,840 x 2,160) display.”

It uses an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U Processor, has a 52 Wh integrated battery, dual Thunderbolt ports plus the usual bells and whistles. It really doesn’t miss out on anything, except that bottom-panel integrated camera which can be an annoyance. But that’s an inconvenience you can easily live with for the gorgeous edge-to-edge “infinity display”.

Prices start at $999.99 and goes all the way up to $1,859.99 for the one with Touch Display.  So what do you think? Will you consider buying one if you are in the lookout for a new laptop? Let us know your opinions in the comments.

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