[Techtalk] The Dell XPS 13 Developers Ubuntu

Raena Lea-Shannon raen at internode.on.net
Mon Jul 27 03:41:29 UTC 2015

On 27/07/15 12:06, Akkana Peck wrote:
> Raena Lea-Shannon writes:
>> Unfortunately thin and light in the lap means super heavy on the purse. It
>> is an indulgent price for a little machine
> I don't think thin and light are what's heavy on the purse:
> I was just looking at a couple of neat thin-and-light ultrabooks
> today at Best Buy, of all places, for $160 (Asus, Atom) and $180
> (HP, Celeron). What's expensive is when you add the fast processor,
> lots of RAM, a big disk and a super high-res screen.

  very true
>> but then again it is a great
>> thing IMHO that Dell are putting a GNU/Linux run product out there that is
>> usually only for Mac and Windows so I am kind of happy to pay credit where
>> it is due.
> I always find it frustrating that it's considerably more expensive
> to buy a machine with (free) Linux than with (non-free) Windows.

If I buy it through US (I have a friend in the States who is flying 
here) it is a bit cheaper with Linux.
> I know they have to factor in support costs, spread over a small
> number of machines; but the number of machines is small partly
> because they charge more for Linux and make the Linux machines
> more difficult to find. Sigh.
> I wish I knew the answer to your query about the XPS 13. I've been
> curious about that machine myself, so if you do end up getting one,
> please report back on how well it works!
If I do I definitely will update the list
> I know Linux support for the modern no-real-buttons style of trackpad
> can be spotty. I've had no end of trouble on my Asus laptop (older,
> slower and smaller than what you're looking for, but it was cheap, is
> very light and goes forever on a battery charge). I finally gave up
> on configuring synclient and syndaemon; instead, I disabled all taps
> completely, then set up F1-F3 to be left, middle and right click.
> That ends up working surprisingly well, but you're right, I wouldn't
> want to have to put up with workarounds like that on a $1300 machine.
I'm hoping that is what they will have fixed with the upgrade
> One thing you could do is buy XPS 13 but to keep personal data
> (passwords and such) on a separate USB stick for a while while
> you're testing it, and if it doesn't work well, return it. Dell is
> good about returns, or at least used to be. My previous laptop was a
> Dell, and initially I bought a touchscreen model. The touchscreen
> had a glitch where the mouse would randomly jump to one corner of
> the screen (in either Linux or Windows). I sent it back for repair,
> but when it came back with the glitch un-fixed, I returned it and
> ordered one without a touchscreen. Dell didn't give me any hassles
> and the service and eventual return was very easy.

That is great advice and nice to know about Dell.

>          ...Akkana
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