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Dell's Ubuntu-based XPS 13 goes on sale for $1,449

By Jos ยท 16 replies
Nov 30, 2012
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  1. Dell is graduating its internal "Project Sputnik" program this week with the release of a thin and light XPS 13 laptop powered by Ubuntu Linux. Branded as the XPS 13 Developer Edition, the machine features an Intel Core i7 3517U...

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  2. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,446   +349

    Apple fans and half the "power users" on the internet: "Wah the Surface is too expensive!"
    Dell: "Heh that's nothing, check out our new XPS 13!"

    Joking aside, wow that's expensive, but I guess not having all that bloatware doesn't help with offsetting costs.
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,868   +1,190

    So its more expensive since it comes with a free OS.
    and 1500 dollars for a laptop with a 1366 x 768 resolution? rofl.
    Bad move.
    gamoniac likes this.
  4. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 718   +236

    Wow.. lets review
    Low resolution, Slowest video card ever, Free OS, Tiny 256Mb storage = 1500$?!
    Also since Linux has such low system requirements why does it even ship with an i7?

    Between the surface and this it makes me wonder if I'm the only person that doesn't have 2000$ to spend on toys every so often.
    psycros likes this.
  5. SCJake

    SCJake TS Rookie Posts: 80

    Im not saying the price is justified, but the price offset is due to not getting kickbacks from all the bloatware.

    Lets keep this in mind before judging what their doing. Plus anyone who runs Ubuntu knows that no matter what requirements are stated, they are significantly less in real world environments than anything ive ever run into on windows
  6. Kneep

    Kneep TS Enthusiast Posts: 44

    Mistake ....
  7. vis12345

    vis12345 TS Booster Posts: 72

    This is a very bad news. Dell must not do such thing to make money. Just adding up 4-5 tools with Ubuntu/any open-source OS and selling it at high price is surely Damn...Ridiculous! Nowadays people buy DOS laptops for much cheaper price and use any open-source OS. Making this move by Dell will surely betray all Open-source OS. Ubuntu must ban Dell/any other brand from making it. If Dell wants to sell products with Linux, then it should go for paid ones and not open-source. We hate Dell for this Move!
  8. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 896   +264

    Ubuntu is FOSS they can't stop Dell from using it, that is kind of the whole point behind it. Once Ubuntu starts dictating who can and can't use their OS they will just be a Linux version of Windows without the compatibility which is not a good thing.
  9. distantreality

    distantreality TS Enthusiast Posts: 58   +7

    Umm why not just get the windows version cheaper and install ubuntu on it heh
    psycros and gooderguy like this.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,530   +2,316

    Um, don't you mean "256 GB"?
    I'm not sure why you're comparing minimum system requirements with computational speed. They're separate issues, and aren't interdependent. With that said, the system requirements have been creeping up for all the most popular Linux distros. I think most are are about 768MB memory min./ 1GB suggested.

    Once upon a time, small Linux distros were recommended for weak hardware with very little RAM. This was because XP's min requirements were more than Linux at the time. Linux now, has a minimum above that of 32 bit XP. That doesn't preclude getting more actual computing done, with a bunch more horsepower under the hood, (so to speak).

    Besides all the popular distros are available in 64 bit now, and we know that eats up hardware.
  11. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    No open source coding even requires a i7... Open GL 4.2 if anything would need a good video card and that is not evident...
  12. dogphlap

    dogphlap TS Rookie

    The article states "The XPS 13 Developer Edition actually starts at $1,449. That's still $50 less than a Windows 7 variant with half the RAM and an older processor". So the reason not to buy a Windows version and then install Ubuntu is it will cost more and have half the ram and an inferior CPU. How is that ambiguous ? Other cheaper laptops are available of course. Why would you need an i7 and all that ram: because it's for developers I.e. people that compile code (which takes a lot a time, particularly on a slower processor short on memory). I'm not a developer so I would not know why you would use a laptop for that rather than a desktop. It seems like a reasonable deal to me (but I have no use for another laptop so I won't be buying it). Best regards.
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,530   +2,316

    I too am Curiously Pondering the Unusual logic scripted thus far in this thread.

    What difference could it make if an OS will run on a lesser CPU? Won't Windows act the same way? Wouldn't the average enthusiast opt for the more powerful CPU, if only for bragging rights?

    (Note the clever acronym and massive overarching pun in the first sentence).
    ikesmasher likes this.
  14. dogphlap

    dogphlap TS Rookie

    Hi Jose Vilches (and everyone else),

    I assume this article was based on a Dell press release (no implied criticism, it's nice to know about these Linux devices) so you may not be in a position to comment re: UEFI bios. The Windows version runs Windows 7 (I.e. pre UEFI) so I wonder does this Ubuntu variant use the last of the non UEFI motherboards or is it disabled or what ? Some people may be in the market for a powerful FOSS laptop but would rather avoid Unity. So if UEFI were not a factor, that could simplify changing the OS (to say Mint or a BSD or whatever). Best regards.
  15. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 706   +69

    I'm not gonna lie, that's way to expensive.
  16. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    compiling basic code for something like a browser (ie, chromium or firefox source code) doesnt take any time to compile, which has 100s of lines of code. While compiling a game (ie Battlefield 3) which has 1000s upon thousands of lines of code and has images, logos, and layers of graphics, requires DAYS to compile, even on a Tesla, Quadro and Xeons.
  17. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 718   +236

    No I meant 128Gb but failed.

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