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Dell XPS 13 with Ubuntu now up for pre-order

updated 05:42 am EST, Fri November 30, 2012

Long-awaited Dell XPS 13 with Ubuntu to ship December 11

Dell's long anticipated XPS 13 ultrabook with Ubuntu is finally on sale. First announced in late July, it is the first premium ultrabook to feature Linux pre-installed instead of Windows. The XPS 13 is the culmination of Dell's Project Sputnik initiative, which aimed to bring a Developer Edition of its ultrabook running Ubuntu 12.04LTS "Precise Pangolin."

Somewhat suprisingly, the Developer Edition of its popular XPS 13 ultrabook is priced at $50 more than the similarly specced Windows version. When it was first announced, Dell indicated that it would be selling ultrabook in 'select geographies,' although it has made its debut on the US store.

The XPS 13 is fitted with a 3rd-gen Intel Core i7 processor that can Turbo Boost to 3GHz. This is matched with 8GB DDR3 SDRAM running at 1600MHz, while storage is provided by a 256GB SSD. The whole package weighs in at 2.99 pounds and features a mix of carbon fiber and aluminum, while Gorialla Glass covers the 13.3-inch display which has a resolution of1366x768.

The Dell XPS 13 is retailing for $1449 and will ship from December 13.

by MacNN Staff



  1. cgc

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    Joined: 03-25-03

    Kooky, so you get an open-source OS with open-source tools on it and have to pay essentially $149 for it (e.g. $50 more than OEM Windows which costs $99). I don't get it...I wish they'd just sell a version with Windows and another without an OS for a discount.

    Also curious if this is using Unity or an alternative (e.g. better) GUI such as KDE, MATE, Cinnamon, LXDE, XFCE, Enlightenment, etc. all of which are better than Unity and Metro.

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