Linux laptops alive in South Africa

While it may serve a small niche in South Africa, Dell has been offering laptops that run Ubuntu Linux for years.

This is according to Chris Buchanan, client solutions director at Dell EMC in South Africa.

Dell and Canonical recently announced the new version of the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop, offering up to 16GB RAM and a 1TB SSB. Since then, a 2TB version has become available.

Like other Developer Edition variants of the Dell XPS 13, the 2018 model comes with Ubuntu Linux rather than Windows. At the time, the latest long-term support release: Ubuntu 18.04 “Bionic Beaver”.

Linux in South Africa

“We offer Ubuntu version 18.04 on the XPS, and version 16.04 on our Latitude laptops,” Buchanan told MyBroadband.

Despite the fact that these laptops serve a small demand, Dell continues to offer them in South Africa. “You can order today,” he said.

Buchanan said that many computer users still consider Linux as a technical operating system, however, and perhaps don’t understand it.

Linux performs a range of tasks better than Windows, though, including the package management features it offers.

Additionally, while Windows and MacOS offer some level of customisation, on Linux there are several desktop environments for you to choose from.

The key specifications of the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition (2018) are summarised in the table below.

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition
Component Lowest Spec Highest Spec
Display 13.3-inch FHD Infinity Edge 13.3-inch 4K UHD Infinity Edge Touchscreen
CPU Intel Core i5-8145U (up to 3.9GHz) Intel Core i7-8565U (up to 4.6GHz)
RAM 4GB LPDDR3 16GB LPDDR3
Storage 128GB PCIe SSD 2TB PCIe SSD
OS Ubuntu 18.04
GPU Intel UHD Graphics 620
Networking Killer 1435 802.11ac 2×2, Bluetooth 4.1
Ports 2× Thunderbolt 3, 1× USB Type C 3.1, 3.5mm Jack, Wedge Lock, MicroSD
Size 302 × 199 × 11.6 mm
Weight 1.23kg
Battery 52Whr 4C

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