I’ve loved Dell’s Linux laptop for developers, the Dell XPS 13 since the first unit came out of the factory. Now the last Dell XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition will be released soon with Ubuntu 22.04 Long Term Support (LTS). I can not wait. The first will arrive on August 23.
This means, of course, that Canonical and Dell have been officially certified for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. So if you already have one Current XPS 13 Plusyou can install Ubuntu 22.04 and automatically get the same optimized hardware experience that will come with the new Developer Edition.
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This certification means that all XPS components have been tested to deliver the best possible experience right out of the box. Ubuntu Certified devices are based on Long Term Support (LTS) releases and therefore receive updates for up to 10 years. So if you still have an XPS 13 that came with Ubuntu back then, it’s still supported today.
The Ubuntu Certification Lab continuously tests hundreds of certified devices every day. These tests examine hardware components and key features. This ensures that devices work not just for today, but throughout their life cycle.
Certified devices also include specific software or drivers that differ from the default distribution, if any. These are defined in a meta-package that automatically installs the optimal configuration of packages, drivers, and kernel to provide the best device experience.
These modifications constitute the factory images. Partners like Dell then use them in their machines. These are also pushed upstream to the main Ubuntu distribution, so certified devices receive the correct meta-package, even when you install Ubuntu yourself.
Dell and Canonical have been working on this for years. Today’s Dell Developer Editions are the official sequel to Project Sputnik. This initiative started 10 years ago to create high-end Dell systems with Ubuntu pre-installed. These were and are designed with input from programmers and designed for developers.
As Jaewook Woo, Dell Product Manager, Linux, explained:
“XPS is a portal to innovation for Dell – from its application of cutting-edge technologies to experimentation with new user interfaces and experiential design. Bringing the improved performance and power management features of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS to our most advanced high-end laptop, Dell and Canonical reinforce our shared commitment to continue to deliver the best computing experience for developers using Ubuntu.
I haven’t seen it yet — damn it! – but based on past designs, I expect this to be an outstanding Linux laptop.
The upcoming Dell XPS Plus Developer Edition specs are impressive. The base configuration is powered by a 12th Gen Intel i5 1240P processor that runs at up to 4.4GHz. For graphics, it uses Intel Iris Xe Graphics. This saves the 13.4-inch 1920×1200 60Hz display. For storage, it uses a 512GB SSD. List price is $1,389.