Linux notebook Dell XPS 13 9310 with Ubuntu desktop in the test

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Dell makes it difficult for interested customers in Germany to buy the Dell XPS 13 9310 with Ubuntu preinstalled. In the US webshop, the manufacturer lists the model as a “Developer Edition”. However, potential customers search in vain in the German shop. An offer is only available on specific request from Dell sales. According to Dell, the only difference between the Ubuntu and the Windows variant is the preinstalled operating system. The hardware also differed in previous model series.

Dell’s Ubuntu image is not freely available. The service ID of a Linux model is required for the download. Buyers of the Windows version who are interested in Linux must use the regular Ubuntu desktop edition. The device-specific drivers can at least be easily installed later.

Because the Windows version of the notebook (test) was already in the house, we obtained its adapted image from Dell and installed Ubuntu 20.04 next to Windows 10 with it , 4 inches in 16:10 format. An Intel Core i7-1165G7 with integrated Xe graphics works under the hood. Dell installs 16 GB LPDDR4X as main memory, the NVMe SSD holds 512 GB.

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