XPS 13 developer edition: replace Ubuntu with Mint ?

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XPS 13 developer edition: replace Ubuntu with Mint ?

Post by cosmiclaser » Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:55 am

Anyone have a Dell XPS 13 developer edition and replaced Ubuntu with Mint instead ?
It is easy ? Or do you have the same UEFI problems as when replacing Windows 10 ?
Does the preinstalled Ubuntu is clean or it is contaminated with Dell tools, widgets, drivers, etc. ?
Is there any proprietary drivers that are preinstalled in the preinstalled Ubuntu version that will not be in the Mint overwrite and that could lead to a malfunctioning hardware ?

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Re: XPS 13 developer edition: replace Ubuntu with Mint ?

Post by xenopeek » Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:32 am

Useful if you clarify which XPS 13 you're talking about. They've used that same name for several hardware iterations of that laptop over the years. At minimum, what are the CPU and graphics card in your XPS 13? And if you know it, the XPS 13 hardware iteration of which year it is.
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Re: XPS 13 developer edition: replace Ubuntu with Mint ?

Post by cosmiclaser » Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:49 pm

@xenopeek :
Useful if you clarify which XPS 13
I would buy the brand new latest version.

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Re: XPS 13 developer edition: replace Ubuntu with Mint ?

Post by xenopeek » Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:16 pm

Okay. The newest is the just 3 weeks ago announced—not yet in the store—XPS 13 Developer Edition with 10th generation Intel processor: https://bartongeorge.io/2019/08/21/plea ... r-edition/. Right now you can find the XPS 13 Developer Edition with 8th generation Intel processor in the store, on discount. The Intel processor generation will clue you in as to which of the two you're talking about.

You can already find the new XPS 13—not with the "Developer Edition" label—in the store with the 10th generation Intel CPU and you can select Ubuntu as OS for that one instead of Windows.

AFAIK the XPS 13's work with a stock Ubuntu 18.04 installation. At least my XPS 13 from 2018 (not "Developer Edition" label, but ordered with Ubuntu) with Intel 8th generation processor also works fine with Linux Mint. Should you get a XPS 13 with the 10th generation Intel processor it should also work I think-as it ships with Ubuntu 18.04.3 and Linux Mint 19.x are based on Ubuntu 18.04—but you will want to upgrade the Linux kernel to 5.0 or newer for that Intel processor. You can do that through Update Manager in Linux Mint.

Whether you stay on Ubuntu or install Linux Mint, some components may not work on Linux or less well than on Windows. Things like fingerprint readers or some such. No different between Ubuntu and Linux Mint as you'll be using the exact same hardware driver versions (from Ubuntu 18.04) on both once you upgrade Linux Mint to Linux kernel 5.0 or above. You could install Linux Mint alongside preloaded Ubuntu first.
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Re: XPS 13 developer edition: replace Ubuntu with Mint ?

Post by cosmiclaser » Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:51 pm

@xenopeek
That make sens. Now I am more confident.
Thank you for your feedback!

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