Developers can finally get Ubuntu 22.04 LTS preinstalled on the Dell XPS 13 Plus flagship laptop.
In addition, Dell XPS 13 Plus owners can now install Ubuntu 22.04 LTS and receive the same optimizations for their hardware that are preinstalled on the Developer Edition.
This Linux preinstallation capability is much more than a continuation of the 10-year partnership between Dell and Ubuntu maker Canonical that developers have seen for years. Dell is now officially certified for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – which, rather than a continuation of the status quo, marks the next phase of the partnership emerging from the Project Sputnik (opens in new tab)first announced in 2012.
Ubuntu and Dell
Ubuntu certification goes beyond a machine’s ability to work with Canonical’s Linux software. Instead, the program means there is a guarantee that everything will work as it should, and will be supported with Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) updates (opens in new tab) up to 10 years from unpacking.
Ubuntu’s certification program tests all certified devices in hundreds of different ways to ensure they all meet high company standards. In addition, the devices have certain drivers and software that provide features and capabilities beyond the standard versions.
A full list of features in the refreshed (opens in new tab) Ubuntu 22.04 LTS can be found here (opens in new tab). Some of the included toolchains are Python, PHP, Ruby, Perl, GCC, Go, Rust and Lake (opens in new tab).
Dell XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition
Dell’s flagship XPS 13-inch laptop is now twice as powerful as its predecessor. It features a clean and sleek touch function row, glass touchpad, edge-to-edge interfaces, and a keyboard without a grid. The engine behind this powerhouse is the 12th generation Intel Core 28W processor. There’s also an M.2 PCle Gen 4 NVMe Solid State Drive, up to 32GB, LPDDR5, 5200Mhz, integrated and dual-channel storage, and Ubuntu Desktop comes preloaded.