Ten years aft launching a pioneering operation of Linux preinstalled connected a commercialized laptop with Project Sputnik, Dell and Canonical announced that the XPS 13 Plus is the archetypal OEM PC certified for Ubuntu 22.04 Long-Term Support (LTS). That makes this a straightforward way to having a PC that conscionable works without worrying astir whether oregon not each constituent is acceptable to enactment with Linux.
Linux-equipped Developer Edition models of the laptop were already available, with prices starting astatine $1,289.00, but presently vessel with the older 20.04 LTS software. Long-term enactment releases present what it says connected the tin, with the extremity of modular enactment for this mentation scheduled successful 2027 and the extremity of beingness successful 2032. Certified devices are laboratory tested to cheque the compatibility of each component, which means your instrumentality gets the circumstantial drivers installed that volition marque each of its features enactment properly.
That evidently goes for the machines sold arsenic Developer Editions with Linux retired of the container but besides applies if you’re installing a caller OS connected a instrumentality that primitively shipped with Windows 11. Marketing exec Barton George was 1 of the radical astatine Dell down Project Sputnik. In a 2019 interrogation with Forbes, helium explained that the Developer Edition branding is intentional, applied to support radical from accidentally buying a Linux laptop to prevention a fewer bucks and getting an unexpected experience. These days Dell ships Ubuntu connected galore different machines — and different flavors of the XPS line, including its redesigned XPS 13 modular bearer — truthful it feels improbable that the certified database volition enactment this abbreviated forever.
The Ubuntu 22.04 LTS bundle was officially released connected April 21st and has a agelong database of upgrades that you tin work done here, including amended powerfulness management, caller touchpad gestures, and improved enactment for Bluetooth audio devices.
According to Dell, if you’d similar to person your XPS 13 Plus and its “capacitive interaction relation row” acceptable up with a hardware-optimized mentation of 22.04, determination are a fewer ways for that to happen. One is to order a caller XPS 13 Plus laptop and hold for it to ship, starting successful August. Otherwise, if you’re successful a hurry (and backmost everything up anyway), you tin execute a caller install, and you’ll beryllium bully to go. The past enactment is to hold until August 4th erstwhile Ubuntu 22.04.1 is released, arsenic it volition flick connected the upgrade way for each LTS users truthful you tin bash arsenic small enactment arsenic possible.