I was travelling for most of two weeks and am catching up on email, so my apologies for the delay.
VT-x is definitely supported and has been there for every generation that we've been doing Ubuntu on the XPS 13. I believe VT-d is supported on all current and previous generation XPS 13's, though I've only looked on the i7 systems. The same is true for Precision mobile.
Thank you for the confirmation. My own apologies for my own belated reply and thanks.
Just wanted to say that Dell Greece is clueless.... this long and still the Dell XPS 13 Dev Edition i7 is not to be found, asked reseller and DellGR themselves, completely useless, no ETA, nothing. Horrible.
I've been waiting for months now, and doesn't look good, I hope to be able to support towards the Linux movement, but sales coordination seems broken.
I apologize for your experience. Let me follow up with our European team and see what's up. Stay tuned
I was wondering why the XPS 13 Developer Edition is being sold in Europe and North America but NOT in Australia?
Is there any plan for this to happen?
Availability of products is decided by each region and each region only has a certain amount of systems overall that it can offer.
Im saving inquiries like yours and if we get enough interest i will use them to help build a case for support in Australia.
I have just read all the pages. First of all, I have to say that you, the heroes of the Sputnik Team, are doing a great job for the whole Linux community. Big thanks for this even if I end buying another brand.
I have found a lot of answers here and many of them raised even more questions in my head.
I need something bigger than a 13 inch screen and I am wondering why not to make XPS 15 DE, too. Does the hardware differ that much that it would require excessive extra effort from you?
If I am right, it has been said, earlier in this thread, that an open source Broadcom driver made its way to the Ubuntu 16.04 or 16.10. Is this true? So why you are still replacing the wireless card for an Intel one for the 13 DE? Because you sell it with 14.04 pre-installed? Or is it still better to have Intel since the Broadcom drivers are buggy?
Do NON-DE XPS 13 and 15 share the same wireless card so, if the previous statement is true, open source driver for the Broadcom card installed in XPS 15 can be found in latest Ubuntu as well?
I really need to buy the top model of XPS 15, one of the highest models of Precision or something similar from another manufacturer. I am quite scared that I will end enslaved solving endless quirks and problems. I need a machine that will work for me, not vice versa.
One final thought. It is good for you, the Sputnik Team, as well as the Linux community when DELL knows that there are Linux users. It makes sense to buy the DE just because of this. Fine. But you should make a registration page where users can register their laptops and state that they are using Linux on it. There is A LOT of users who are forced to buy a laptop just to throw the pre-installed Windows OS in the first minute - replacing it with a Linux distribution of their choice. Let DELL know there is many of us.
OK, looks like Precision 5510 Ubuntu Edition with a bigger SSD and extra RAM is the way to go for me. That's definitely great because I prefer buying a DELL. Just if I can have a few extra questions ...
Does it go with Intel or Broadcom wireless in the Ubuntu Edition? And what about "original" Windows version?
I need to start over with a fresh Ubuntu 16.04 or 16.10. Do I have to expect some compatibility problems? Is there a works / doesn't work list?