Freedom of Choice: Dell and Ubuntu

Dell's Project Sputnik has brought Dell and Ubuntu together as a gift to power users who want more than just the ordinary.

For four years now, Dell has been offering a class of Linux PCs for users who want something more than the Windows experience. Dell has been concentrating their focus on developers and administrators who are interested in having systems that are Linux friendly and fully configurable. Over the last four years, the mission to create mainstream Linux PCs has been slow. However, new interest is growing, thanks to Dell and Ubuntu, and these power users are finding new tools to assist them in their quest.

Dell has updated its Developer Edition XPS 13 to include Ubuntu 14.04 LTS along with Intel Wi-Fi adaptors and Skylake processors. These Developer Edition XPS models come with i7 processors and your choice of either 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD or 16 GB RAM and 512 GB or 1 TB SSD.

Dell also has the Precision systems which come with a variety of CPU and GPU options. The Precision 5510 also has an Intel Wi-Fi adaptor on board. The Precision 5510 comes with Windows by default but you can choose Ubuntu instead. The Precision M3800 which launched a year ago included 4K Ultra HD resolution and double the internal storage capacity of the Apple MacBook Pro. The M3800 is perfect for power users who are in need of a dedicated graphics controller for 3D work.

Dell and Ubuntu: The Future

Dell has also stated that they plan to support Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) after its release which is set for April 21, 2016. I will have more information on Xenial soon.

If you are one of those people who enjoys having a system that allows you to do some tinkering, or maybe you just want an operating system that isn't limited by corporate decisions, Linux can give you that freedom. When it is joined with Dell quality, it is a win-win. Take a look at Dell's Linux PCs and see if they may be right for you. Dell and Ubuntu have worked together for many years and their evolving product line just keeps getting better.

One more great thing about Dell's Linux PCs is the availability of documentation, custom driver support, and a growing community; all which make for an awesome experience. Thank you, Dell, for your great support of Linux and open-source software.


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