BTW, anyone has found a good case for this laptop?
I would love to buy one from Canonical (see http://shop.canonical.com/product_in...roducts_id=870) but unfortunately none of proposed measures seems to fit
Firmware A04 is out.
BTW, the Windows folk on the Dell forum are complaining about the Cypress trackpad too which must be bad news:
What's in firmware AO4? I did AOs 1 through 3 from windows and then nuked it to install ubuntu 12.04. I've been using it on this machine for ~3 weeks now, and am on my second business trip with it, and I have to say its working like a dream. OK the touchpad isn't great, but its completely useable (and anyway I travel with a mini wireless mouse), the OS overall is extremely fast, everything works including the output to a projector via a minidisplayport->VGA adapter (and that did NOT work on my last Dell laptop without lots of faffing around in NVIDIA settings). Hardware wise the screen is beautiful (why the reviewers whinged about not high enough resolution I don't know - I work with scientific imaging and its excellent), the keyboard is great (have typed many 1000s of words on it already) and I'm now getting 5+ hr battery life (seems to have got better with time). Best laptop I've had for quite some years. Also, I raced it in some scientific data reduction against a couple of collleagues' Macbook Pros, and it beat both of them
Finally... I have the official Dell leather slip case and its very nice.
I just use one of those 13" Case Logic sleeves, it is a bit baggy, but it doesn't disturb me that much.
XPS 13 still can not remember a brightness value in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Although, I've tried to echo x > /sys/class/.../brightness, but it gets stuck at Maximum every time I reboot.
This might be interesting --
Someone might want to install the ISO they released and see if it has any custom drivers or anything.
Nevermind, blog post (http://bartongeorge.net/2012/05/07/i...eloper-laptop/) says it has not fixed the touchpad issues. HOWEVER, it looks like Dell is pestering the touchpad manufacturer for an update and working with Canonical! So not bad news..
I hope touchpad issues are resolved soon.
It is interesting the projetc Sputnik (http://bartongeorge.net/2012/05/07/i...eloper-laptop/)
A question about the battery. Somebody around here say that the battery life lasts 4 hours, others only two, Del says 8 with windows. So, how long is the battery life with normal use in ubuntu?
It is still no clear...
Vote for: Focus more on stability and bugfixing in the LTS releases.!!
I'm getting 4-5 hours battery life. My typical usage is 4-6 active desktops, with email, browser, editing/scripting, presentation preparation and occasional number crunching. Regardless of what they advertised, I'm pretty pleased with it - its considerably better than my last couple of laptops.