katb_
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Why no Linux laptops in Canada?

Is there any particular reason you don't make the Linux laptops available in Canada at all? 

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catilley1092
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Re: Why no Linux laptops in Canada?

These can be ordered from Dell.:Smile:

Note that Linux computers won't be seen on the main page of the Dell site, have to look for these. Not all Dell models are sold with Linux, usually select business models & will have the same warranty as the same configuration for Windows (am aware there may be differences between US & Canadian warranty & support). 

At any rate, you should be able to find a Linux equipped model on the Dell site, just have to hunt around. If you're having issues finding what you want, feel free to call the Dell Support center in your area, they'll assist.

BTW, I ran Linux Mint on all of my Dell computers, both notebooks & PC's, w/out issue. Faster than Windows & more secure. Not only is the OS free, don't need as much RAM as with Windows, although as a Linux user, you likely know this.:Smile:

Good Luck!

Cat

Proud Dell owner since 2003, beginning with the Dell Latitude C640.
System Specs, as provided by Speccy (05/22/2018) Delidded i7-4790K!

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/2C1bee3t40vxgFn8Fo8Uj35

XPS 8700 specs (current), added 92mm front intake in well concealed stock area, no case mod needed, only two screws & PWM splitter (exhaust tied to CPU fan speed), intake uses stock exhaust header & fan. All fans controlled by SpeedFan, otherwise would be locked at just over 800 rpm, now all runs over 2000 rpm.

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/KrNXc5IZ6HmJvrrLVSZbGzi
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Re: Why no Linux laptops in Canada?

Ubuntu 18.04 released in April 2018 and will be supported until April 2023.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BionicBeaver/ReleaseNotes/ChangeSummary/18.04.2

Ubuntu 12.04's LTS period ended April 28, 2017, you can purchase an Ubuntu 12.04 Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) license. Unlike the newer versions of Ubuntu, these updates won't be free.

http://releases.ubuntu.com/18.04.2/

64-bit PC (AMD64) desktop image

64-bit PC (AMD64) server install image

 

Ubuntu 12.04 patches will be available only through the Ubuntu Advantage support plan. Prices start at $150 per year per server and $250 per year with a minimum of 10 virtual servers. The latter plan includes work week online and phone technical support. There's also a desktop plan, which will run you $150 per year per desktop with a minimum order of 50 desktops. These updates will be delivered in a secure, private archive available only to customers on a per-node basis.

ESM subscriptions will last for at least twelve months.

 

 
 
 

The Dell XPS 13 laptop, developer edition began life as "Project Sputnik" a scrappy skunkworks project to pilot a developer-focused system. Thanks to the amazing feedback and support we received from the community it became an official product. Four years later, we are on the sixth generation of the XPS 13 developer edition.

Alongside the XPS 13 we have added a beefier line made up of four Dell Precision Ubuntu-based mobile workstations and a new Precision All-in-One offering.

-> Project Sputnik News & Reviews

Solution overviews:

XPS 13 laptop developer edition (9370)
  • Preloaded with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Augmented with the necessary hardware drivers (drivers are upstreamed to allow a variety of distros to work)
  • 8th Generation Intel® Quad Core™ Processors
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • InfinityEdge™ display, UltraSharp™ UHD (3840×2160) touch and FHD (1920 x 1080)
  • Availability: United States and Europe

Dell™ Precision 5720 -- 27" All-in-One workstation class machine
  • Preloaded with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • 7th generation Intel® Core™ and Intel® Xeon™ processors
  • 27" UltraSharp™ UHD (3840×2160) both touch and non-touch
  • Up to 64GB of memory and Up to (1) M.2 PCIe SSD and up to (2) 2.5" SATA
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • Radeon Pro™ graphics
  • Availability: worldwide

Dell™ Precision 5520, mobile workstation -- World’s thinnest and lightest 15" mobile workstation
  • Preloaded with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • 7th generation Intel® Core™ and Intel® Xeon™ processors
  • 15.6" UltraSharp™ FHD (1920×1080) or UltraSharp™ UHD (3840×2160)
  • Up to 32GB of memory and 2TB of storage
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • NVIDIA Quadro graphics
  • Availability: worldwide

Dell™ Precision 3520, mobile workstation -- Affordable, fully customizable 15" mobile workstation
  • Preloaded with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • 7th generation Intel® Core™ and Intel® Xeon™ processors
  • 15.6" HD (1366x768), FHD (1920x1080) and FHD touch
  • Up to 32GB of memory and 2TB of storage
  • ECC memory, Thunderbolt 3 and NVIDIA graphics options
  • Availability: worldwide

Dell™ Precision 7520, mobile workstation -- World’s most powerful 15" mobile workstation
  • Preloaded with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • 7th generation Intel® Core™ and Intel® Xeon™ processors
  • 15.6" FHD (1920×1080), UltraSharp™ FHD (1920×1080) both Touch and Non-Touch, UltraSharp™ UHD (3840×2160)
  • Up to 64GB of memory and 3TB of storage
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • NVIDIA Quadro® and Radeon Pro™ graphics options
  • Availability: worldwide

Dell™ Precision 7720, mobile workstation – World’s most powerful mobile workstation
  • Preloaded with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • 7th generation Intel® Core™ and Intel® Xeon™ processors
  • 17.3" HD+ (1600×900), UltraSharp™ FHD (1920×1080) or UltraSharp™ UHD (3840×2160)
  • Up to 64GB of memory and 4TB of storage
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • NVIDIA Quadro® and Radeon Pro™ graphics options
  • Availability: worldwide

Standard Service:
  • All of the above systems come with 1 year Dell ProSupport and onsite service after remote diagnostics

Additional Info:
How did we get here?

As I mentioned at the beginning, project Sputnik began as a skunk works effort. It was made possible by an internal incubation fund designed to bring wacky ideas from around the company to life in order to tap innovation that might be locked up in people’s heads.

Just weeks after the basic concept was green-lighted by the innovation team, it was publically announced as a pilot project at the Ubuntu developer summit. The big focus of our efforts, particularly in the beginning, has been to work with Canonical to make sure that we had the appropriate drivers for all functionality including the touchpad.

From the start, the idea was to conduct project Sputnik out in the open, soliciting and leveraging direct input from developers via our Project Sputnik StormSession, comments on this blog, threads on the Sputnik tech center forum as well as the project Sputnik beta program. In fact it was the tremendous interest in the beta program that convinced us to take Project Sputnik from pilot to product.

I would like to give a special shout out to the beta cosmonauts who signed on. They were an intrepid lot who were patient and diligent working through issues to help make sure that when we went to production we had a product that developers would want.


 


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catilley1092
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Re: Why no Linux laptops in Canada?

In addition to the great response by Speedstep, one can simply buy the Dell computer of choice & can either dual boot (more complicated install) or run the Linux distro of choice solo. 

Of course, if taking this route, it's best to create recovery media & create a full disk backup image before doing anything, or simply remove the installed drive supplied with the unit & replace with another HDD/SSD of choice. This will give you (or a future owner) a fresh out of the box experience. If using a SSD, be it the 2.5" version or M.2 (SATA or NVMe), follow the instructions given by the distro to enable TRIM, which is needed. While TRIM can be manually ran, it's best to have it running automatically for peak performance. 

The only tool needed will be the text editor for your distro & commands. Normally there'll be one or more sites with a 'things to do' list for a distro, which will include SSD optimization. 

Oh, and the advantage of creating recovery media for Windows, as well as full disk image (or removing the drive altogether & using another) will be if deciding to sell. Most users will want the original OS installed & if not, the value of the computer drops huge, unless that future owner desires to run the same distro (unlikely). When in warranty, one can also contact Dell for a reinstall DVD w/out the bloatware (and should), there's no extra cost & mine was shipped by overnight FedEx. 

Just a thought that may give you the choice of your desired Linux distro while at the same time, when time to depart, you can sell it like brand new & maintain it's value. Everyone loves to boot the PC for the first time & be greeted with the fresh out of the box Dell setup & experience. This is why before booting the OS for the first time (if PC), will image the drive via docking station to an external, or if notebook, boot the backup media from a USB stick & do the same. Doesn't get any better, at some point, everyone will depart with their computer for a newer model. 

Cat

Proud Dell owner since 2003, beginning with the Dell Latitude C640.
System Specs, as provided by Speccy (05/22/2018) Delidded i7-4790K!

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/2C1bee3t40vxgFn8Fo8Uj35

XPS 8700 specs (current), added 92mm front intake in well concealed stock area, no case mod needed, only two screws & PWM splitter (exhaust tied to CPU fan speed), intake uses stock exhaust header & fan. All fans controlled by SpeedFan, otherwise would be locked at just over 800 rpm, now all runs over 2000 rpm.

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/KrNXc5IZ6HmJvrrLVSZbGzi
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