Dell's Linux-Powered XPS 13 Laptop with 1080p Display Runs Ubuntu

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.

Dell XPS 13 Ubuntu

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.

Dell XPS 13 Ubuntu

Even if you’re not a developer, you can still snag yourself one of these beauties from Dell, starting at $1,549.