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Dell's Ubuntu Ultrabook $250 More Than Windows 8 Version

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Dell released a Linux version of its XPS 13 Ultrabook with preliminary ship dates in the second week in December, if ordered today.

Dell released a Linux version of its XPS 13 Ultrabook with preliminary ship dates of the second week in December, if ordered today. The Linux XPS 13 is offered as an alternative to the Windows 7 version, and can be substantially more expensive.

Dell currently offers the Windows 7 version of the XPS 13 with base prices from $800 to $1450, with the main difference being between lower-end and higher end versions a 128 GB and 256 GB SSD, as well as a step up in CPUs with the choice being a 1.6 GHz i5-2467M CPU or a 1.7 GHz i7-2637M version. The flagship model gets the faster processor as well as a 256 GB SSD, 4 GB memory, as well as Windows 7 Home Premium.

There are also two Windows 8 models, one with a i5-3317U CPU, a 128 GB SSD and 4 GB memory for $1,100, as well as an upgraded version with an i7-3517U chip, a 128 GB SSD and 8 GB memory for $1,200. There is no option to upgrade the Windows 8 version to a 256 GB SSD.

At the time of this writing the Ultrabook with Ubuntu 12.04, which originally had been announced as Project Sputnik, was offered for a base price of $1,449. The Ultrabook comes with 8 GB memory and a i7-3517U. There is no direct price comparison as Dell does not offer other variants. The Linux version therefore comes at a $250 premium, even if it buys you the larger SSD. And if you can live with the slower processor and less memory, the price difference grows to $350.

Of course, Dell is not fishing for the same type of customer with the Windows and the Linux Ultrabook. While the Windows 8 Ultrabook is a device designed for consumers, the Linux model is marketed as the "ultimate developer notebook".

 

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    echondo , November 29, 2012 10:05 PM
    What the Hell is this crap?! We finally have laptops/desktops coming with Linux pre-installed, but at an outragoues price?!

    A regular consumer is going to go into Best Buy and see two identical laptops, one is way cheaper and the other is expensive, but the same specs. The consumer sees that the expensive one has Ubuntu as a OS and the cheaper one has Windows. They will assume that Ubuntu must be a new OS and is expensive to have such a high inflation.

    This is asinine.
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    bustapr , November 29, 2012 10:38 PM
    Bagel_IRLWho cares? You guys act like you can't throw Ubuntu on the Windows 7 laptops.

    i think peoples problem here is that dell is setting a bad image of linux AND is charging more for something that should cost much less.
  • 14 Hide
    HDmac , November 29, 2012 10:39 PM
    >>Buy windows computer
    >>Wipe HDD
    >>Install Ubuntu
    >>Win
    >>?????
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    echondo , November 29, 2012 10:05 PM
    What the Hell is this crap?! We finally have laptops/desktops coming with Linux pre-installed, but at an outragoues price?!

    A regular consumer is going to go into Best Buy and see two identical laptops, one is way cheaper and the other is expensive, but the same specs. The consumer sees that the expensive one has Ubuntu as a OS and the cheaper one has Windows. They will assume that Ubuntu must be a new OS and is expensive to have such a high inflation.

    This is asinine.
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    K2N hater , November 29, 2012 10:12 PM
    What sort of developer would work on a 13-inch screen?
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    Anonymous , November 29, 2012 10:34 PM
    Who cares? You guys act like you can't throw Ubuntu on the Windows 7 laptops.
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    bustapr , November 29, 2012 10:36 PM
    this is worse news for the linux community than it is good. ubuntu is supposed to be the free alternative to windows. you nor the developer have to pay a fee(that I know of), whereas windows costs $100. people will get the wrong idea about linux. and from an economic viewpoint, I dont see how Dell thinks this is a good idea(unless M$ is pulling some strings). no idea what dell is doing because it sure isnt trying to make money.
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    bustapr , November 29, 2012 10:38 PM
    Bagel_IRLWho cares? You guys act like you can't throw Ubuntu on the Windows 7 laptops.

    i think peoples problem here is that dell is setting a bad image of linux AND is charging more for something that should cost much less.
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    HDmac , November 29, 2012 10:39 PM
    >>Buy windows computer
    >>Wipe HDD
    >>Install Ubuntu
    >>Win
    >>?????
  • 9 Hide
    echondo , November 29, 2012 10:39 PM
    Bagel_IRLWho cares? You guys act like you can't throw Ubuntu on the Windows 7 laptops.


    No, that's not the point. The point here is that the regular average Joe consumer will see Ubuntu as an overpriced cash grab and won't even bother looking into what Ubuntu actually is and just buy the Windows 7 version and call it a day. What SHOULD have been the base price for the Ubuntu version is $700, or at least $750.
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    greghome , November 29, 2012 10:59 PM
    bustapri think peoples problem here is that dell is setting a bad image of linux AND is charging more for something that should cost much less.

    Ubuntu is free, ain't it?
    So yea, it doesn't just cost less, it should have cost nothing at all
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    animeman59 , November 29, 2012 11:00 PM
    Might as well just buy the cheaper ultrabook, and reload it with Ubuntu.
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    mman74 , November 29, 2012 11:00 PM
    I love Ubuntu. So much so I would rather run Ubuntu on my old laptop than Vista (not saying anything I know). I would not however pay more for an Ubuntu machine than a Windows 8. This makes no sense whatsoever, and unless MS are subsidizing their machines or are receiving payment from MS to price up Ubuntu machines to make them less compelling, then this decision makes no sense to me. Either way this smells to me of anti-consumer business practices and I personally will never buy a machine from a company that would operates against its consumers.
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    Scar89 , November 29, 2012 11:01 PM
    I agree. Most Linux users would just wipe the cheaper Windows one and regular Joe will just ignore this as the price is way higher. I don't know if they did some modding of the OS or wrote some good drivers or something, but it shouldn't cost that much.
    Maybe they don't want to anger MS by undercutting their shiny new Win8 devices on price...
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    bustapr , November 29, 2012 11:05 PM
    greghomeUbuntu is free, ain't it?So yea, it doesn't just cost less, it should have cost nothing at all

    nothing at all for a ubuntu ULTRABOOK? I really dont think thats how things should work either...
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    halcyon , November 29, 2012 11:10 PM
    Dell is likely charging a premium because the don't expect to sell many of these and it may have cost more in labor/engineering to get Ubunto to copulate nicely with the hardware.
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    clonazepam , November 29, 2012 11:31 PM
    I'd totally charge more for a linux-based product when I factor in having to provide support for it. And what HALCYON said.
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    alextheblue , November 29, 2012 11:36 PM
    echondoNo, that's not the point. The point here is that the regular average Joe consumer will see Ubuntu as an overpriced cash grab and won't even bother looking into what Ubuntu actually is and just buy the Windows 7 version and call it a day. What SHOULD have been the base price for the Ubuntu version is $700, or at least $750.
    With no tech support! Just the way Linux should be.
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    jhansonxi , November 29, 2012 11:43 PM
    Not all Ubuntu Dell offerings cost more than Windows versions:
    http://www.thevarguy.com/2012/11/28/dell-laptop-is-70-cheaper-with-ubuntu-linux/
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    alcalde , November 29, 2012 11:47 PM
    bustapri think peoples problem here is that dell is setting a bad image of linux AND is charging more for something that should cost much less.


    A lot of research suggests OEMs are paying $35-$50 per copy of Windows. A Linux PC shouldn't sell for much less than a Windows PC from the same manufacturer. The reason this laptop costs more is explained in the article: it has a different configuration than the lowest-end Windows models. It also is designed for developers and comes with beta versions of new open source software Dell is working on and includes one year of Pro Support. The headline is written to make people jump to the article in outrage. Unfortunately, some people don't bother reading the article, and the article also blathers on about all the different (irrelevant) Windows 7 and 8 configurations like a shell game to confuse the reader from the simple fact that there's nothing to see here regarding price.
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    yorgos , November 29, 2012 11:48 PM
    between win 8 and Ubuntu I'd choose win 8(regardless of the price).
    if there was a real Linux distro, and not a bloated one, like Debian(which i use 7 years now) or fedora(gentoo, arch etc.) I'd definitely choose the Linux one.
    I wonder who the hell develops in Ubuntu, that thing is worse and more bloated than android.It is even worse in the upcoming versions which are going to have Wayland, which is good only if you are a bug digger.

    even Mint is superior to Ubuntu and cinnamon looks nice.
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    awolfe63 , November 30, 2012 12:48 AM
    For the same price as the top of the line Windows version - you get a faster CPU and more DRAM. You also get Ivy Bridge instead of Sandy Bridge. That's not a rip-off.
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    Bloob , November 30, 2012 3:29 AM
    It's the same price as the Windows one with top specs, I don't see the problem here.
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