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Dell’s XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition earns Ubuntu 22.04 LTS certification

Dell's XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition earns Ubuntu 22.04 LTS certification
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Dell XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition in Graphite
Enlarge / Dell XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition in graphite color.

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Dell extends its love for Linux to the Dell XPS 13 Plus. That Developer Edition of the laptop has been certified for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, Canonical announced today. This means the laptop will be sold with the latest version of Ubuntu from August and XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition owners can download Ubuntu 22.04 LTS today (even if they bought it with Windows11) for guaranteed performance.

The XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition is the first 22.04 LTS certified laptop, joining just a few Raspberry Pi devices on certification. However, Dell has been certifying some of its XPS laptops and other machines for Ubuntu for generations. HP and Lenovo also have Ubuntu certified systems.

Of course, being Ubuntu certified means all components are “working as expected,” as Canonical says in today’s announcement. In addition, the Ubuntu LTS certification means that the device will be supported for at least 10 years. Ubuntu 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 when necessary. These are automatically defined in a metapackage [installs] the optimum configtion of packages, drivers and kernel to deliver the best experience on this device”, Canonical’s announcement says so.

“These changes make up the factory images used by partners like Dell, but they also predate the main Ubuntu distribution, so certified devices get the appropriate oneiate meta package even if user Install Ubuntu yourself.”

The XPS 13 Developer Edition also comes in a platinum hue.
Enlarge / The XPS 13 Developer Edition also comes in a platinum hue.

Ubuntu 22.04, announced in April, brings a new version of the Gnome 42 Linux desktop environment, the “iIncreased desktop performance with triple buffering, more control over…power management settings,” Canonical said changes This includes new workspace layouts and touchpad gestures, as well as more customization options such as B. Cross deskTop dark style.

Since 2013, Dell’s Developer Edition laptops have been aimed at programmers, and the XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition represents the 10th generation.

Dell’s XPS 13 Plus generally includes a visibly redesigned machine, including a MacBook-like capacitive touch strip replacing the feature suite and other tricks to allow the use of a 28W instead of a 15W CPU. The XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition laptop goes up to an Intel Core i7-1280P with six powerful cores (1.8-4.8 GHz), eight efficient cores (1.3-3.6 GHz) and 20 threads.

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