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    Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

    This is such a nice piece of hardware. It's more portable, it works better and is just as elegent as my previous Dell, the Adamo. Having the support of the multi-touch trackpad is amazing, and ironically it works better any any of my prior laptops than in Windows even. I also have the Sony Vaio Z2 and couldn't bring myself to put Ubuntu on that with the external video card and Thunderbolt, it's faster and lighter than the XPS 13, but when it was new and configured less impressively it was also $1000 more, and multi-touch doesn't even work as well.

    What's also surprising about the XPS 13 is that it's by far the best sound I've ever had coming out of a Linux laptop, even louder and more clear than my Inspiron 8500 monster from back in the twentieth. Stuff that's often a challenge or takes some effort to look up and configure all *just works* on the XPS, headphones plug in and the speakers mute, wifi, already brilliant, brightness controls, everything is just solid out of the box. I'm sorry to say the only thing I haven't tried yet is plugging anything into the mini displayport, but since that worked right out of the box with my Adamo and an analog VGA dongle with Ubuntu like 3 years ago, I have every confidence that I can just plug it right in and go.

    What I'll give to Dell over Sony, is they don't let marketing take over and mess up the look of the device. They did put Intel and Ubuntu stickers on the wrist rest under the arrow keys, but on the bottom side there are no service tag stickers visible, no serial numbers, no Windows stickers (obviously). I absolutely love the look of carbon fibre, so it's nice to have the base expose it, it's just too bad you couldn't get a carbon fiber lid option also, that would've really cut back on the weight, and also would help with the one suggestion I'd have. The weight of the screen when open is heavy enough that on an uneven surface, with the rear feet not quite all the way at the rear, well the notebook could tip over backwards. On a desk it's seriously not a problem but there's just that rare case where you'd wish the feet were behind the case screws on the bottom. The metal back on the screen does give an outstanding stiffness however, and it's better than my Sony, and it's ridiculously better than the Latitudes we'd get in the office from Dell. Our helpdesk guy was very disappointed in the flexibility of that screen, yikes.

    Wifi strength looks like it might be a challenge, it's reporting pretty bad signal strength when the access point is only 1 wall away. If you're in locations where wifi is typically a challenge, then you'd really wish they did a carbon fibre lid. Realistically though, I'd pay a few dollars for a replacement lid, but I don't imagine Dell is going want users to take the screen apart for that option.

    Overall, It's an absolutely outstanding Linux machine, and it's nice to see Dell giving Linux another shot. Even targeted towards developers, this would make a really nice power user machine, and if you're reading this forum and this post, thanks, and if it's within your means, definitely think about supporting Dell's Linux endeavors by picking one up.
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    Re: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

    Sounds good. Does it have a Window's key on the keyboard?

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    Re: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/8ffxsmpln3pt9mx/IMAG0665.jpg

    Yup, unforunately it does. First thing I looked for when I opened it too, was hoping to see an Ubuntu button. And I'm not sure that an Ubuntu sticker on the wrist rest makes up for it.
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    Re: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

    How are the multi-touch gestures on the developer laptop? I presume them to be the same as the 2nd Gen XPS 13 that I just recently purchased, but.. who knows.

    I'd like to customize them if at all possible:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...&postcount=211

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    Re: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

    Does anyone know if it will ever be available in Europe?

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    Re: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

    I have just read that this machine will be available in Europe next week with an improved screen. The screen now has a resolution of1920 x 1080 instead of the previously standard screen with 1366 x 768. Prices are not yet available for Europe but in America the price was increased by $50 because of the higher resolution screen.

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    Re: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

    Also curious about mouse gesture support --- particularly whether there's three-button mouse emulation (either configurable, or just out of the box). There are days when I use mouse-middle (well, actually three-finger-tap on my current ASUS, but that's how it's treated) more than the equivalent of mouse-right.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

    I dont have the Developer Edition, I do have a new XPS 13 with Sputnik iso (http://hwe.ubuntu.com/uds-q/dellxps/...cise-amd64.iso) installed. Everything is ok, except wifi. My connection was patchy from the start, worked, doesn't work. It keeps trying but I'm having to rely on wired right now. Any thoughts?

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    Re: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

    The Ubuntu development edition xps machine is now available in Germany and costs €1049 plus tax. This would bring the total cost including tax to €1248 and then they charge €29,00 for delivery on top of that, bringing the end cost to €1277,00. I have read some positive but also negative reviews. One person claimed the motherboard on his two weeks old machine broke down and that Dell informed him that the motherboard cannot be delivered at this time and they do not know when delivery can be expected. Someone else complained that some keys get stuck in the surrounding frame work (bad build quality?) A number of persons complain about the touchpad being quite quirky and the fan comes on a lot and seemingly loud? I was waiting in anticipation to buy this machine but now I am not so sure anymore. Any feedback from owners of this particular machine will be appreciated.

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    Re: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by alcyst View Post
    I dont have the Developer Edition, I do have a new XPS 13 with Sputnik iso (http://hwe.ubuntu.com/uds-q/dellxps/...cise-amd64.iso) installed. Everything is ok, except wifi. My connection was patchy from the start, worked, doesn't work. It keeps trying but I'm having to rely on wired right now. Any thoughts?
    I just bought my XPS 13 1080p Windows edition last month. However, I am having lots of trouble installing the Sputnik iso on it, did you follow specific steps in a guide somewhere? If not, can you provide the steps you took to get it installed?

    Thanks!

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