Dell XPS 13 Plus is the first laptop certified for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Dell XPS 13 Plus is the first laptop certified for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Ten years after the launch of a groundbreaking combination of Linux pre-installed on a commercial laptop with Project Sputnik, Dell and Canonical announced that the XPS 13 Plus is the first OEM PC certified for Ubuntu 22.04 Long-Term Support (LTS). This makes it an easy way to have a PC that just works without worrying about whether each component is ready to work with Linux or not.

Linux-enabled Developer Edition models of the laptop were already available, with prices starting at $ 1,289.00 but currently shipped with the older 20.04 LTS software. Long-term support releases deliver what’s in the box, with the end of the standard support for this version planned for 2027 and the end of life in 2032. Certified devices are laboratory tested to check the compatibility of each component, which means your device gets the specific drivers installed as will make all the features work properly.

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Of course, this applies to the machines sold as Developer Editions with Linux out of the box, but also applies if you install a new OS on a machine that originally came with Windows 11. Marketing Manager Barton George was one of the people at Dell behind Project Sputnik. In an interview from 2019 with Forbes, he explained that the Developer Edition brand is intentional, used to prevent people from accidentally buying a Linux laptop to save a few dollars and have an unexpected experience. These days, Dell is delivering Ubuntu on many other computers – and other variants of the XPS series, including the redesigned XPS 13 standard carrier – so it feels unlikely that the certified list will remain so short forever.

The Ubuntu 22.04 LTS package was officially released on April 21 and has a long list of upgrades that you can read through here, including better power management, new trackpad movements and improved support for Bluetooth audio devices.

According to Dell, if you want the XPS 13 Plus and its “capacitive touch function bar” set up with a hardware-optimized version of 22.04, there are a few ways it can happen. One is to order a new XPS 13 Plus laptop and wait for it to ship, starting in August. Otherwise, if you’re in a hurry (and backing everything up anyway), you can perform a new installation and you’re up and running. The last option is to wait until August 4 when Ubuntu 22.04.1 is released, as it will browse the upgrade path for all LTS users so you can do as little work as possible.

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