I have received my new XPS 13 (Haswell) with Windows 8.1 on it (only because they did not offer it with Ubuntu when I had ordered it). The plan is to wipe it off and put Ubuntu 13.10 on it (not even dual boot).
The hardware is i7-4500 processor and Intel HD 4400 graphics.
When I boot it from USB with Ubuntu 13.10 installation image, I have problems with the built-in display. It looks like 12 small desktops are displayed overlapping each other. And, there is a lot of flickering; it is almost impossible to read anything because of the flickering and because each desktop is quite small on the screen. It looks like a problem with the graphics driver. When I plug into an external monitor, the external display looks fine.
So, I have not yet installed Ubuntu (after seeing that the built-in display is not workable), because I am not sure whether the waiting updates will fix the problem after the installation.
Dell provides a driver support pack for the hardware (http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/...&categoryId=CS), but they are based on Ubuntu 12.04. I am not sure whether that will help me. I suspect that some of these updates have already made into 13.10. And I cannot identify any drivers or fixes for video in that support pack.
Intel has latest graphics stack release (https://01.org/linuxgraphics/downloa...-stack-release), but it is not clear what, if any, I should install from that release. I also worry about ending up with an unstable system.
An alternative would be to install "Dell"'s 12.04 release and the driver support pack, but I would rather get the latest release of Ubuntu.
Does anyone have any experience with this? Or any suggestions I should try?