When project Sputnik debuted over five years ago, we launched with one config of our XPS 13 developer edition and it came with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
Today, thanks to the interest and support of the community, we are announcing that in the US our seventh generation XPS 13 developer edition now comes with Ubuntu 18.04. Europe and Canada will soon be following suit.
18.04 represents Project Sputnik’s fourth preloaded LTS as we have progressed from Precise Pangolin (12.04) to Trusty Tahr (14.04) to Xenial Xerus (16.04) and today, Bionic Beaver.
What’s an LTS
In case you’re not familiar with it, LTS stands for “Long Term Support” and a new LTS release comes out every two years. Ubuntu’s LTS releases are supported and receive updates for five years, versus nine months for the interim releases. It is the LTS releases that Dell certifies and preloads on our Ubuntu-based systems.
That was then, this is now
Project Sputnik’s first system debuted at the end of November in 2012 and, as mentioned above, it came with Ubuntu 12.04 preloaded.
Back then there was only one configuration of the XPS 13 developer edition and it boasted: 8GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 1,280 x 720 display.
On the OS side, Ubuntu 12.04 introduced the HUD “a revolutionary new way of interacting with application menus on the desktop.” 12.04 was also the release when people started to see the value of Ubuntu’s default user interface, Unity.
Fast forward to today
The XPS 13 developer edition is now in its seventh generation with 13 configurations. The top of the line developer edition comes with 16GB RAM, a 1TB SSD and a UHD (3,840 x 2,160) display. The big news of Ubuntu’s 18.04 LTS is the removal of Unity and the return of the GNOME desktop.
There is also a new “Minimum Install” option which excludes extras such as music players, office suites etc. In its place you get a slimmed down version comprised of GNOME, a web browser, a terminal and basic apps.
Speaking of systems, right around the corner is the new Precision 5530 mobile workstation, developer edition. Stay tuned
And if we look further on the horizon you can just make out Sputnik’s LTS number five, 20.04 😊
- Ditching Windows: 2 Weeks With Ubuntu Linux On The Dell XPS 13 – Forbes
- 5 Reasons You Should Switch From Windows To Linux Right Now – Forbes
- Dell XPS13 Developer Edition ships with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS pre-installed – Ubuntu blog
- Ubuntu 18.04 LTS: The Linux for AI, clouds, and containers – ZDnet
- Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you’re on your GNOME – The Register
- Dell Unveils New Ubuntu Laptops — OMG!UBUNTU!
- Dell refreshes Precision laptops with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed – ZDnet
- Dell stuffs Intel Coffee Lake CPUs and Ubuntu into latest Precision workstations – The Inquirer
Pau for now…