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I had the Dell Studio XPS 13 for about 2 weeks, unfortunately I had some problems with the hardware (see below) and I am now returning it to Dell (probably waiting a long time before I buy another Dell). Previous experience of Ubuntu on laptops comes mostly from my Lenovo ThinkPad Z61m where, by the way Linux performs splendid. Oh, I also run a Ubuntu file-/web-server in my closet (lovely). I installed Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid) on the Dell Studio XPS 13.
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|Name||Dell Studio XPS 13|
|Processor||Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo P9500 (2.53GHz, 3MB L2 Cache, 1067MHz FSB)
Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo P8600 (2.4GHz, 3MB L2 Cache, 1067MHz FSB)
Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo P8400 (2.2GHz, 3MB L2 Cache, 1067MHz FSB)
|Screen||13.3” WXGA Widescreen (WLED or CCFL)|
|RAM||Up to 4GB (DDR3)|
|HDD||250GB to 500GB|
|Optical Drive||DVD+-RW (slot-in)|
|Graphics||NVIDIA® GeForce® 9400M G
NVIDIA® GeForce® 9500M
Dell 1515 Wireless N Mini-Card
|Screen||Works||Screen brightness buttons works|
|Optical Drive||Not Tested|
|Graphics||Works||Problem with driver (Hybrid SLI, nVidia 177 driver)|
|USB||Works||Mouse and external HDD tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
The one thing that I think usually screws the computer up when installing Ubuntu is the fan controller. Unfortunately it was broken when I got the computer, they replaced the motherboard and after that the fan ran at full speed all the time, sounding like a hair dryer.
I didn't have time to look it over thoroughly, because there was something wrong with the BIOS and fan, instead of replacing me with a new one, they sent repairmen (replacing motherboard, screen and HDD → I asked them whats left to replace?) . Now I am returning the laptop and buying another brand. But IF you get a functioning unit (for 1100 Euros!) Ubuntu seems to run fine on it out of the box.
Magnus Persson, Stockholm, Sweden