It’s not the first Dell notebook running Ubuntu
, but the latest model that Canonical
is talking up differs from past Ubuntu
laptops in that this is a Dell XPS
13 packed with killer components. All too often, Ubuntu gets plopped onto lower-end notebooks (see: the entire failed netbook craze), but this one rocks an Intel Core i7-3537U chip, 8GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM, 256GB SSD, and a 13.3-inch full HD (1080p) Gorilla Glass display; Intel HD 4000 graphics is on board, too.
The 3-pound ultrabook comes with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS installed instead of Windows, making this machine a dream for anyone who desires a high end notebook but doesn’t want to deal with paying for a Windows license only to wipe it and install Ubuntu instead.
This partnership between Canonical and Dell
is the result of Project Sputnik
, which Dell announced last summer
and is designed primarily for developers. Indeed, they’re calling this XPS 13 a “Developer Edition", and it’s replete with dev tools including a cloud launcher to simulate cloud environments and scaling, a profile tool for development environments such as Android and Ruby, and other miscellaneous tools and utilities.
Even if you’re not a developer, you can still snag yourself one of these beauties from Dell, starting at $1,549.