Dell.com Now Sells a GNU/Linux Notebook and It’s Not Small and Cheap

This is the XPS-13 at $1549 in “developer version”. It’s an “Ultrabook”TM with that other OS. I guess it’s a nearly optimal notebook with GNU/Linux although I would prefer Debian GNU/Linux instead of Ubuntu GNU/Linux.

see Dell

I still don’t get why Dell doesn’t sell small cheap computers that run GNU/Linux in USA. They do in India/China. USA certainly does have millions who could afford a small cheap computer but not an Ultrabook.

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I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to Dell.com Now Sells a GNU/Linux Notebook and It’s Not Small and Cheap

  1. MK wrote, “In fact, Debian would be unlikely to take full advantage of the hardware till version 8, due sometime in 2016.”

    I run Debian GNU/Linux and I run the latest stable kernel.

  2. MK says:

    What can I say, it’s a nice power horse, and hopefully, at least some developers can afford buying them. The price seems to have dropped to $1,449 – the kind of usual jiggling Dell loves doing.
    It’s a good thing it has Ubuntu and not Debian. GNU/Debian/Sqeeze/6/Stable is so outdated, it probably wouldn’t have worked. In fact, Debian would be unlikely to take full advantage of the hardware till version 8, due sometime in 2016.
    As befitting Dell, the OS logo is that of W8, the productivity suite is MS Office 2010, and the pre-installed web browser is Firefox 3.0. Perhaps it does ship with Debian after all. :~)

  3. Lutz D. Meier says:

    Yes, the price for this thing is beyond reason. Not only that, it even costs more with Linux than it does with Windows!

    That’s the prototypical problem when OEMs like Dell want to somehow “assess” if there’s a market for Linux: here you go, we’ll give you this ONE product (which either stinks or is outrageously priced), and if you don’t buy enough we’ll be very unhappy and consider Linux a failure.

  4. dougman says:

    $1500!?

    WTF, thats (6) Chromebooks.

    http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/

    Dell better get with the times, I don’t know anyone that wants to spend $1500 on laptop these days. $800+ for a tablet (Surface RT) is crazy as it is, $600 for a tablet (iPad) is ok and anything less then that is reasonable.

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