updated 01:30 pm EDT, Mon May 25, 2009
Studio XPS 13 gets Ubuntu
PC, notebook, monitor and related hardware manufacturer Dell has recently began offering its Studio XPS 13 notebook PC preloaded with the Linux-based Ubuntu operating system. The 13.3-inch notebook otherwise has the same key specs as its Windows Vista-powered counterpart, including the same 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, though some of the available options between them differ. For example, users can upgrade to a 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo on the Ubuntu XPS 13, while those who opt for the Vista system have a choice of a different 2.53GHz and a 2.66GHz CPU.
At the same time, the Ubuntu system can only be had with 4GB of RAM, while the Windows system can be upgraded to 6GB or 8GB. The Windows systems can also be equipped with mobile broadboand modules for data and Internet access on the go, while the Ubuntu systems cannot. A higher-capacity 9-cell battery is also only offered on the Windows system, as is productivity software from Microsoft.
The basic operating system is Ubuntu Desktop Edition version 8.10, though buyers can check off version 7.04 with 1 year of basic tech support or 7.04 with one year of standars tech support.
Both systems start at the same $1,099 price tag and are available now.