Dell extends its love of Linux to Dell XPS 13 Plus. The developer version of the laptop has been Ubuntu 22.04 LTS certified, Canonical announced today. This means that the laptop will be sold from August with the latest version of Ubuntu, and owners of XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition can download Ubuntu 22.04 LTS today (even if they bought it with Windows 11) for guaranteed performance.
The XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition is the first 22.04 LTS-certified laptop, which only comes with a few Raspberry Pi devices in certification. However, Dell has been certifying some of its XPS laptops, as well as other computers, for Ubuntu for generations. HP and Lenovo also have Ubuntu certified systems.
Of course, Ubuntu certification means that all components will “work as expected”, as Canonicals announced today. Furthermore, Ubuntu LTS certification means that the device will have support for at least 10 years. Ubuntu’s release cycle page states that LTS (long-term support) releases include 10 years of “Base Package” maintenance and security updates.
“Certified devices also include specific software or drivers that differ from the standard distribution where required. These are defined in a meta-package as automatic [installs] the optimal configuresjon of packages, drivers and kernel to deliver the best experience on that device, ” Canonicals announcement said.
“These changes constitute the factory images used by partners such as Dell, but they are also streamed to the Ubuntu main distribution, so that certified devices get the rightiate meta-package, even when users install Ubuntu yourself. ”
Ubuntu 22.04, announced in April, brings a new version of the Gnome 42 Linux desktop environment that promises “inincreased desktop performance with triple buffering, more control over … power management settings, “said Canonical. Other changes includes new workspace layouts and touch gestures and more customization options, such as cross-desktop dark style.
Since 2013, Dell’s Developer Edition laptops have been targeting encoders, and the XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition represents the 10th generation.
The Dell XPS 13 Plus generally includes a visibly redesigned computer, including a MacBook-like capacitive touch strip that replaces the function bar and other tricks to enable the use of a 28 W, instead of 15 W, CPU. The XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition laptop runs on an Intel Core i7-1280P with six performance cores (1.8-4.8 GHz), eight efficient cores (1.3-3.6 GHz) and 20 wires.
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