Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

10 June 2013

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is the first Linux based ultrabook from Dell.

The system has a third-generation Intel Core i7 processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 8GB dual channel DDR3L RAM, and a 256GB SSD drive. The performance of the unity is very good with the RAM and graphics card. These specifications are also good for the repeated cycles of coding, compiling, testing, and debugging. So if you’re an Ubuntu Linux developer then this machine has perfect performance specification that is suitable for your development needs.


When you first boot the machine, the installer will setup your user account and other settings from which you can customize the laptop to suit you best.

The display of the laptop being 13” inch might be a bit too small for programmers since designers and developers appreciate bigger and wider displays. However, the ultrabook limits the display size in order to get less weight. Actually the display is the only thing that I don’t like about the Ultrabook.

XPS 13 has Ubuntu 12.04 precise pangolin installed by default on the system. As the OS has support upto 2015, you can get the updates for the system till the April release. Alternatively you can also use your own favorite Linux distro if you don’t like the Ubuntu or don’t want to use it for your own reasons. It is aimed at developers, so if you are not a developer comfortable with linux then this machine may not be for you. You can find Bazaar version control system, the IcedTea Web Control Panel, IcedTea Java Web Start, a printing configuration tool preinstalled on the system. The rest of the default applications is also included in the installer.

The battery performance and the runtime of the laptop is also impressive for the ultrabook. As for warrnaty, you get 12 months of Dellcare with the laptop, which you can extend from their website. At the price of £1,079 including VAT, it is a very good machine for Linux developers unless a large screen is your requirement.

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