It feels like it was yesterday when I installed Red Hat 9 onto my Compaq Presario laptop, and the horror of XFree86 not being compatible with my laptop’s video card. Later discovering SuSE Linux and being able to use a beautiful user interface instead of that time, a terrifying command line interface. Then jumping onto the Ubuntu bandwagon were I was able to finally get wireless (Broadcom piece of shit) working via ndiswrapper. Looking back, it’s amazing to see how Linux on a laptop has changed. From my experiences of simple things that we take for granted now like having a GUI, and wifi working and more obscure things that I witnessed like a really weird ACPI bug that caused my laptop to randomly shutdown unexpectedly, to suspend/hibernation not working.
Having used Linux on different laptops now, I think I finally found the perfect Linux laptop. Unlike the previous laptops that I’ve owned. The Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook has been the only laptop that everything works flawlessly out of the box; Video (dual monitor), wifi, bluetooth, touchpad. Like a MacBook Pro, everything on my Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook just works. The build quality of the laptop is superb. With an aluminum case, carbon fiber bottom and a beautiful edge-to-edge display. This beautiful tiny yet powerful computer runs Linux flawlessly. The only downside to this computer is the price tag. Sadly Dell decided to price this computer higher than the Apple 13 inch MacBook air.