Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Laptop Now Available with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

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Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition 2020
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Dell launched its latest edition of the XPS 13 in April of 2020. Initially, the XPS 13 came with Ubuntu 18.04, but today, Canonical announced a version with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) preinstalled. This makes it the first mass-produced laptop to feature the newest version of the open-source OS. A base model of this sleek workbook will set you back around $1049.00 currently. The XPS 13 is a joint collaboration between Dell and Canonical culminating from Project Sputnik.

Dell and Canonical have partnered since the 2012 launch of Project Sputnik to arm developers with Ubuntu systems tailored for usability, stability, and performance.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS continues our long-standing partnership with the Linux developer community to provide Ubuntu certified hardware that works out-of-the-box, enabling the highest levels of productivity

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Base Model Specifications

  • CPU: 10th Generation Intel Core i5-1035G1 Processor (6MB Cache, up to 3.6 GHz)
  • Display: 13.4″ FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit Display
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics with shared graphics memory
  • RAM: 8GB 3733 MHz LPDDR4x Memory Onboard
  • Storage: 256 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
  • Ports: 2 x  Thunderbolt 3 [(DisplayPort / Power Delivery) (4 lanes of PCI Express Gen 3)]
  • MicroSD card Reader
  • 3.5mm Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack
  • Color: Platinum Silver with carbon fiber palm rest

If you have a bit more to spend, they do have some nice upgrade paths available. For $2394.00, you can get the following hardware improvements.

Premium Upgrades

  • CPU: 10th Generation Intel Core i7-1065G7 Processor (8MB Cache, up to 3.9 GHz)
  • Display: 13.4″ UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-Nit Display
  • GPU: Intel Iris Plus Graphics
  • RAM: 16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4x Memory Onboard
  • Storage: 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
  • Color: Frost White with Alpine white composite fiber palm rest
Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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