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19-08-2022 18:00 PM

A month ago the Dell XPS 13 Plus developer edition was recertified for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

A month ago the Dell XPS 13 Plus developer edition was recertified for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS allowing owners to upgrade to the latest LTS with confidence.  As of today that has been taken a step further and all new XPS 13 Plus developer editions will come preloaded with Ubuntu 22.04 LTS direct 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):

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