Skylake-based Dell XPS 13 with Linux arrives in the US

The fifth-generation XPS 13 developer edition ships with a Core i7 processor, up to 16 GB of memory, and Ubuntu Linux.

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If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the new Skylake-based Dell XPS 13 developer edition, you’re in luck. Dell announced late last week that its new Linux notebook is here—if you’re in the United States, anyway.

The new Dell XPS 13 developer edition—part of the company’s ongoing Project Sputnik—comes in three Core i7 configurations, with a Core i5 model on the way. These new models include 8 or 16GB of memory, depending on the configuration, and up to 1TB of storage (including 256GB and 512GB solid state drive options). For now, 

All three models feature a 13-inch touchscreen display (with resolutions up to 3200 by 1800), and come with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS SP1. These XPS 13 developer edition machines represent the fifth generation of such notebooks since Dell first introduced its “Project Sputnik” developer machines back in 2012.

According to Barton George, who oversees Project Sputnik, the new XPS 13 developer edition lineup is available in the US only for now, but notes that Canadian and European models are in the works and should be available soon.

Barton notes that, although Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will ship next month, Dell “[doesn’t have] a date for when factory installation will become available.”

In addition to the new XPS 13 developer edition, Dell also announced a new line of Linux-based Dell Precision workstation notebooks, the Precision 5510, 3510, 7510, and 7710. The new Precisions come in 15- and 17-inch varieties, depending on the product line, and also come with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, according to George. These Linux-based Precision models are available for worldwide purchase now through Dell’s site

Story updated March 14, 2016 to correct Barton George's name.

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