Dell makes it difficult for interested customers in Germany to purchase the Dell XPS 13 9310 with Ubuntu preinstalled. In the US online store, the manufacturer lists the model as “Developer Edition”. However, potential customers search the German store in vain. An offer is only available upon specific request from Dell Sales. According to Dell, the only difference between the Ubuntu variant and the Windows variant is the preinstalled operating system. The material also differed from the previous model series.
Dell’s Ubuntu image is not available for free. The service ID of a Linux model is required for download. Windows version buyers interested in Linux should use the standard Ubuntu desktop edition. Device-specific drivers can at least be easily installed later.
As the Windows version of the laptop (test) was already in the house, we got a custom image from Dell and installed Ubuntu 20.04 alongside Windows 10 with it. The tested configuration features a 13.4-inch reflective high-resolution (3840 × 2400 pixels) touchscreen in 16:10 aspect ratio. An Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor with integrated Xe graphics runs under the hood. Dell installs 16 GB LPDDR4X as main memory, NVMe SSD holds 512 GB.
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