Dell XPS 13 Plus developer edition -- with Ubuntu 22.04 LTS pre-installed

DELL-Barton Ge
Dell Technologies
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A month ago the Dell XPS 13 Plus developer edition was recertified for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.  This meant that owners were able to self-install the latest LTS knowing that it had been thoroughly tested by Canonical on the XPS 13 Plus.  As of today Dell has taken it one step further and all new XPS 13 Plus developer editions will come preloaded with Ubuntu 22.04 LTS directly from the factory.


XPS 13 Plus developer edition – a radical new look

The Dell XPS 13 Plus developer edition is twice as powerful as the previous gen XPS 13 and features a major visual redesign.  The overall aesthetic for the XPS 13 Plus is a simplified, futuristic look with an edge-to-edge keyboard, an LED function row and no visible touchpad (the touchpad is embedded in a single piece of glass running across the whole wrist rest). 

In addition to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, the developer edition comes with

  • 12th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor
  • Up to 32GB of memory and 2TB of storage
  • A 13.4 inch, FHD+, 3.5k OLED or 4K+ display
  • Intel® Killer™ Wi-Fi 6E 1675 (AX211) 2x2 + Bluetooth 5.2 Wireless Card

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Highlights

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS features the most recent version of GNOME 42 and Wayland ships as the default display server.  It also comes with the latest toolchains for Python, PHP, Ruby, Perl, GCC, Go and now Rust. It includes the latest versions of default productivity apps like LibreOffice, Thunderbird and Firefox, with thousands more applications available in the snap store.

Back to the beginning -- Community driven and giving back

It’s been nearly 10 years since Dell’s first Ubuntu-based XPS 13 developer edition became available.  The effort, known as Project Sputnik, began as an exploratory project to determine the interest in an Ubuntu-based developer laptop.  To gauge interest, Dell publicly reached out the community and asked developers if they would be interested in a Linux laptop and if so, what they would expect from it.  The response was so great that it wasn’t long before the project became a product and then an entire product line.  As Project Sputnik has expanded, input from the developer community has continued to help guide the effort and its way forward.   

A key tenet of Project Sputnik has been to contribute back to the community.  To that end, Dell has worked hand in hand with Canonical and hardware component vendors to ensure that the Linux drivers that are written for the XPS 13 are open sourced and whenever possible pushed upstream to the mainline Linux kernel for all to benefit from.


As of today, the Dell XPS 13 Plus developer edition with Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is available in the following countries (available configurations may vary by country):

For the following countries, please contact you're local Dell representative.

  • Luxembourg, EDB, Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, South Africa, Finland, Slovakia, Turkey, Portugal 
About the Author
<p>I am a Senior Technologist in the office of CTO, focusing on Dell’s efforts in the DevOps space as well as the open source community. I am also the founder and lead of Project Sputnik, an Ubuntu-based laptop for developers, now in its fourth generation.</p> <p>Besides working with developers, customers, analysts and press I do a fair amount of blogging and tweeting.  I joined Dell in ’09 as Dell’s cloud computing evangelist.</p> <p>Prior to Dell I spent 13 years at Sun Microsystems in a variety of roles from manufacturing to product and corporate marketing.  My last three years there I spent as an Open Source evangelist, avid blogger, and driver of Sun’s GNU/Linux strategy and relationships.</p> <p>Before Sun, I spent a year at Johnson & Johnson consumer products marketing dental floss (remember, you don’t have to floss them all, just the ones you want to keep).  New Jersey winters got the better of me and after the 16th snow storm in one year (literally) I left J&J and relocated to San Francisco.</p> <p>I began my professional career out of college with a four year stint in Tokyo where I worked for Sony working with ISVs for their UNIX-based “NEWS” workstation.</p> <p><b>Fun Facts to Know and tell about Me</b></p> <p>Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, I headed east for higher education and attended Williams College and Harvard Business School.</p> <p><b>Outside the virtual office</b></p> <p>On the personal side I am an avid father.  Eight years ago, after living in the San Francisco bay area for over a decade our family emigrated to Austin, Texas where we currently happily reside.</p>