When it comes to best laptops in the market Dell is among my top favorites. And if you are a professional Linux user, you should not look beyond Dell’s XPS 13 developer editions. These machines are part of Project Sputnik portfolio; a project started by Barton George at Dell to bring high-end machines to Linux professionals.
While you can install desktop Linux on most laptops, what makes Dell systems unique is the fact that they use hardware components – such as wireless chips – that are natively supported on Linux.
In addition, instead of spinning yet another distro to further fragment the desktop Linux ecosystem, Dell offers support for Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Dell maintains a repository of drivers and customizations that optimize the operating system for these machines.
Dell has announced the 9th generation of the Project Sputnik portfolio – Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition (7390). The high-end machine is powered by a 6 core, Intel Core i7-10710U processor. You can get up to 16GB of RAM. It comes with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
I own these machines and love them as much as I love my Surface Pro and MacBook. My only gripe with this machine was the ‘nose cam’. With 7390, Dell has moved the cam back to the top of the display, fixing that problem.