What Apple has "worked out"
to get those ports back was no longer having Jony Ive in complete control of physical design.
Dell's latest XPS 13 ultrabook is now certified for version 22.04 of Ubuntu's operating system. Starting next month, the "developer edition" of Dell's long-running XPS series of thin and light laptops, the Alder Lake-based 2022 XPS 13, will be available with "Jammy Jellyfish" pre-installed, but existing owners can install it …
I didn't say it was zero. That is obviously not the case. But large enterprises or government departments are typically going to be buyers of thousands of certain laptops. So who is buying the thousands of Linux laptops (or rather Linux certified laptops)?
I'm not buying thousands of linux laptops, but I am buying hundreds of laptops total, which I expect will scale to thousands in the next couple of years. I'd very much rather buy the same model for both Linux and Windows users if I can, so it'd convince me to buy Dell (I mean, I already do, but if I didn't it might convince me to switch if I didn't) just so I can have the same support contract etc. for both sets of machines.
My team buys Ubuntu desktops and laptops from Dell because of their Linux support. We order dozens to hundreds per batch, the largest orders having been about 500 or so at a time.
Like with any medium-sized organisation we deploy our own managed copy of Ubuntu on them in bulk on arrival and wipe the OEM image. It saves immense time knowing that hardware compatibility won't be a problem.
Anon because reasons.
The UK site has the 9315 with the option to have Ubuntu pre-installed - is that the same as "certified" ?
This comment brought to by a 9310 running Mint perfectly. It used to have Ubuntu on it, but it refused to upgrade to 20.04 (or maybe 22.04... I forget), Snap kept annoying the *** out of me, and Liam's previous articles persuaded me to take the jump. I love it to bits.
I don't think Dell do the Developer version for the UK - at least I've never been able to find it. The 9320 seems to go by the name XPS 13 Plus over here, and it does look horrific ( https://www.dell.com/en-uk/shop/laptops/xps-13-plus/spd/xps-13-9320-laptop )
... you remember that you hate this laptop.
From top.to bottom, laptops today are more like portable web kiosks.
Also, can anyone give a good reason to the majority of people for why all laptops are not 2in1's but, almost all laptops can have crappy keyboards? Greed must be the justification.
I can't speak for anyone else, but in my own case I find the ergonomics of any laptop to be unacceptable for long stretches unless I've elevated the screen to eye level, which implies a separate keyboard and mouse. Which in turn means I get to use a nice keyboard of my choosing and don't notice the cheap built in one. That's just me though.
I find that I have a couple of issues with Linux Mint on a Thinkpad, the function keys work in reverse of how they should actually work as if you have the Fn key pressed when you don't, and the track pad right click doesn't work. Both of these issues work correctly on Windows 10 on the same machine.
But they are minor niggles which I can put up with as I use a mouse 99% of the time as i don't really like trackpads anyway.
The Track pad really is the Achilles Heel of the ThinkPad range - I've seen plenty where they are either too sensitive, not sensitive enough, and then there are those that interpret every click as left or right, no matter what you do with them.
This includes my current one, which cost my employer just shy of £4K... Still, I never use it without a mouse and keyboard plugged in so it doesn't make much difference!
The built-in keyboard is for travelling. When you're travelling you use your Travel Scrabble set, when you're in a more stable environment you use the full-size, "proper", Scrabble set. I use the same principle with keyboards (Keychron K8, Gateron Brown switches).
Seems they've developed a laptop specifically to make vi nearly impossible to use (rather than just initially appearing impossible to use.) Probably not the best candidate for flogging to Linux developers and I for sure won't be buying one.
Looks like Framework are pretty much the only choice I have for a semi-sane laptop design now.