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.
I just got my xps13 (L322X) last Friday.
My first impressions are:
Overall I would give it a score of 7-8 of 10, because most of the stuff under Con's are minor.
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!
So, after a couple of weeks, my 2 cents:
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.
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?
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).
Project Sputnik development lead
Software Principal Engineer
Linux OS Architecture
Dell | Client Product Group