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Not to worry, Dell will bring Ubuntu to the early 2018 Intel 8th gen. XPS 13 'developers edition'

Ubuntu options aren't available for the Kaby Lake-R XPS 13. (Source: NotebookCheck)
Ubuntu options aren't available for the Kaby Lake-R XPS 13. (Source: NotebookCheck)
A member of Dell's Project Sputnik has posted on Reddit confirming that while they are skipping the Kaby Lake-R refresh of the XPS 13, there will be an Ubuntu 'developer edition' with the 8th gen processor in early 2018.

Dell is a rarity among leading OEMs when it comes to offering pre-configured notebooks running Linux. Sure, anyone can download their favorite Linux distribution and install it for free, but there are benefits to buying a retail model with the operating system already on it. For a start, you don’t have to pay for a Windows license that you won’t use and the manufacturer has ensured that all hardware has proper driver support.

The Dell XPS 13 refresh in September that brought the Intel Kaby Lake-R (8th gen) processors has only been available with Windows so far. Those who want Linux software and support need to settle for a last-generation CPU, or they must buy the refresh model with the additional cost of a Windows license and forego the support.

DandyRandysMandy (a Reddit user) asked a Dell sales rep if there would be an Ubuntu version of the current XPS 13 and they were told there were no plans to support Linux on the existing Kaby Lake-R XPS 13. Fortunately, barton808, a member of the Project Sputnik team responsible for Dell’s Linux efforts, posted a response while we were writing this article to reassure users that Ubuntu will come to the Intel 8th gen XPS 13 when the new Developer Edition is available in early 2018.

“What the rep is probably referring to is that we (the Sputnik team) decided to skip the "half-step" release that came out in Sept w/8th gen Intel.” Says barton808, “Instead we will be launching a developer edition for the XPS 13 which launches after the first of the year and will be an entirely new platform.”

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Craig Ward, 2017-11-24 (Update: 2017-11-24)
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I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.