Re: A whole lot of initial feedback

Hi L.J.

There's always a possibility but no plans yet to expand to the XPS12

Thanks

Barton George

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L. J.
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Re: A whole lot of initial feedback

Hello Barton George,

thanks for your answer.

In my opinion the XPS12 is the best choice on the market of convertible devices (I don't like the Yoga's keyboard and the Twist has a low screen resolution).

The XPS12 runs fine with Linux just the touchscreen is annoying. There are more people like me, who would like to use Linux on it and hope for a workaround for the touchscreen. I suppose a little reset-script would help.

So please consider expanding the project or just providing some workarounds.

best regards

L.J.

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Ejdesgaard
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Re: A whole lot of initial feedback

I just got my xps13 (L322X) last Friday.

My first impressions are:

Pro's

  • Quick and easy initial install and setup.
  • All the hardware "just works" out of the box, I think it's the fist time I have experienced that, with ubuntu.
  • Multitouch gestures.
  • From what I'm used to, the battery life is good, 4-5 hours
  • I haven't found any bloatware on the system Smiley Happy

Con's

  • The keyboard gets very hot between "P" and "L"
  • After the initial installation, I had to upgrade the system with around 550MB worth of downloads.
  • the "Super" key didn't work as expected, as a shortcut for "Dash home" until after the upgrade(apt-get update && apt-get upgrade)
  • The charger stick isn't compatable with my older latitude charger.
  • Since this laptop is ment for devs. etc. I expected the ssh client to be installed by default.
  • Missing Ethernet stick, like in hp spectre xt, tho they are missing ubuntu Smiley Happy
  • Windows resizing is next to impossible with the touchpad, because the boarder is very narrow(I'm guessing 1px)

Overall I would give it a score of 7-8 of 10, because most of the stuff under Con's are minor.

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Re: A whole lot of initial feedback

Thanks @Ejdesgaard for the feedback!

Barton George

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cfpsolutions
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Re: A whole lot of initial feedback

Pros

  • great build quality
  • fantastic screen
  • faster than <snip> off a shovel
Cons
  • wireless playing up (just now, again, while I'm writing this)
  • battery life not all that great
  • seems to have cost me £200 more than everyone else
The wireless is a real, massive, problem as I have outlined in another post. we bought two of these and both are experiencing the same problem.
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boylenssen
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Re: A whole lot of initial feedback

I have a question that I cannot see answered anywhere:

how is the multitouch gestures while browser the internet? Can you swipe left/right to go to previous/next page? Is it possible to pinch-to-zoom?

I am looking into these things before ordering the machine...I want a system which works perfectly on Ubuntu without the hassle with drivers!

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frapontillo
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Re: A whole lot of initial feedback

So, after a couple of weeks, my 2 cents:

PROS

  1. CPU
  2. RAM
  3. SSD, super fast
  4. Full HD screen
  5. Keyboard, nice, very good feedback, backlight properly working
  6. Weight and portability
  7. Rubberish design, I've come to love it Smiley Happy
  8. Good speakers!
  9. Acceptable battery life

MEH

  1. Multi gestures, unclear what can be done

CONS

  1. WiFi didn't work out of the box, Dell had to replace the Atheros card with an Intel one, then worked fine
  2. Left USB port didn't properly work under Ubuntu (it did under Windows), causing issues with a wireless mouse and, for other people, unmounting of attached devices
  3. Fan noise, it reached some very unbearable levels, both under Ubuntu and Windows, even when the device was not under stress
  4. Random freezes under Ubuntu were very annoying, I had to force a reboot by pressing the power button (didn't get them with Windows)

Unfortunately, due to cons 2-3-4, I am going to return the laptop to Dell tomorrow; I have to say I'm pretty sad about this, I had very high expectations that were not matched by the device (or maybe by the BIOS firmware/driver on it???). I was hoping to get a laptop that "just worked" with Ubuntu, and didn't get it.

I will stay tuned for what I hope will be the next revisions of the XPS 13 and, generally speaking, the Sputnik Project. Developers like me really need powerful machines freed by the Windows bloatware and ecosystem.

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RE: A whole lot of initial feedback

@FRAPONTILLO Im very sorry for your negative experience.  With regards to #4 above, did you upgrade your kernel to the 3.5 kernel?

Barton George

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frapontillo
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RE: A whole lot of initial feedback

No, I did not update anything beyond the standard LTS release, in the hope of better performance and with fear I'd fix some things and break some more. Do you think upgrading the kernel alone would have solved it?

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RE: A whole lot of initial feedback

frapontillo: Yes, there are some stability issues with Intel graphics on newer systems if you're using an older Linux kernel. There are notable stability improvements with the 3.5 and 3.8 kernels available to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS users (and of course later releases).

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Project Sputnik development lead
Software Principal Engineer
Linux OS Architecture
Dell | Client Product Group

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