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Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook


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For full specifications see the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook specifications page.

NameDell XPS 13 Ultrabook
Processor 2nd Generation Intel Core i5-2467M processor (1.60 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.30 GHz)
2nd Generation Intel Core i7-2637M processor (1.70 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.80 GHz)
Screen13.3“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDDUp to 256GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 3000
NetworkNo Ethernet
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 802.11 a/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorNot Tested
ScreenNot Tested
HDDNot Tested
Graphics ChipNot Tested
DisplayPortNot Tested
SoundNot Tested
Bulti-in MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone JackNot Tested
WirelessNot Tested
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
Touch PadNot Tested
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested


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suster herbal, 2014/12/11 07:20

The information is very full of knowledge .. thanks yes

Gary Woodman, 2013/09/05 04:36

I have an L322X (with the FHD screen, BIOS A07). Nearly everything works great! I haven't tried the wifi across my LAN (it is faster than my Internet connection :-).

The touchpad is WOEFUL! On Mint 15, it is pleasing to see two-finger scrolling, but otherwise, unlike every other two-button mouse or touchpad ever, it appears impossible to click both buttons to “EmulateMiddleMouseClick”. I get either a left-click, or 99% of the time, a right-click. And in general, it's very keen to right-click, to the point where, occasionally, I must use the last couple of square millimetres to the front left to left-click (mainly to make the spurious right-click menu go away).

In summary, this is a really nice machine with a barely usable touchpad.

LJ Kirk, 2013/05/18 13:47

Sad face

Something has broken backlight control. Installed Sputnik updates last night as well as some from Canonical.

Very annoyed. No simple “rollback” like Windows.

Beware updates from 5/17.

LJ Kirk, 2013/05/28 15:44

Sputnik releases have fixed backlight again. Happy face.

Jonathan, 2013/04/04 05:42

Installed Fedora, had “sleep” problems (display would go back to full brightness, and not adjustable). The solution is a proprietary driver which at first was only available in Dells “project sputnik” spin, is now built into Ubuntu 13.04. Not easily transferred to Fedora (would require rebuilding the kernel)

Lastly, make sure you are on the latest Bios (A07).


LJ Kirk, 2013/03/31 18:04

Installed 12.04 LTS last night from bootable USB. Grub installation failed initially, but ran the installer again and it succeeded the second time. Guess it just wanted to be really wanted.

Initially LED backlight adjustment did not work, and tap to click on the touchpad was not working. Added the Sputnik repository to my software sources and forced updates. Both issues are fixed and I am loving life.

Sorry if I have said anything badly … I am very new to Linux/Ubuntu so I may not have the lingo down. This is installed on a XPS13 with the SandyBridge i5 processor and originally Windows 7. I let the installer overwrite all partitions after using Acronis in the Windows 7 environment to make a full image of all partitions and make a bootable USB (just in case I bricked the XPS). No need to use. Ubuntu 12.04 is running like a champ!

MPW, 2013/03/30 12:55

Just installed Ubuntu 13.04 with kernel 3.8 on the highend version of the xps13-series. Everything works ootb, including the touchpad and wifi which had problems in lower kernel versions.

TheSheep, 2012/08/22 17:42

Dell is running a special project, Project Sputnik ( to make this laptop work perfectly with Linux, and also ship it with Ubuntu. They already provided an improved touchpad driver for it.

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