Dell XPS m1330 with Ubuntu

I just read that Dell is now offering the laptop I’ve been wanting with Ubuntu pre-installed. Drool. I saw a picture on the Ubuntu website about a week ago and was hoping this is what it meant. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they offer the optional nVidia graphics card upgrade (only on-board graphics) due to Ubuntu’s restricted drivers components. And actually with their current sale on regular m1330s, it’s cheaper to buy one with Vista installed and you even get better specs. Anyone understand that logic?

5 thoughts on “Dell XPS m1330 with Ubuntu

  1. Eitherway I’d hold off, since you haven’t bought one yet. I wouldn’t get this HP (personal preference) but they’re already offering the dv2700t series with the new 45nm T9300 (2.5Ghz). The t9300 is their top-choice and only Penryn processor on that laptop but I imagine Dell will have to follow soon. It should make things run longer and/or cooler on the m1330. The extra 2MB of cache wouldn’t hurt either.

    Link to HP: http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_series.do?aoid=35252&storeName=computer_store&category=notebooks&series_name=dv2700t_series&a1=Usage&v1=Travel%2Fmobility

  2. Wouldn’t that start putting more stress on the battery? One of the best things about the m1330 now is the good battery life. Granted the version I’m looking at has the top-end processor. If it would get better battery life and be a better processor, though, that’d be awesome!

  3. Sorry, battery life improves AND you get better performance. You don’t need to read the entire article I sent (although it’s an interesting read, and I suggest you do AFTER mid-terms) but jump to pages 2, 3, and 4 and just look over the charts on how much battery life improves AND you still get a gain in performance. The conclusion in that article was,

    “This year’s Centrino update is much more back to the basics: performance goes up, as does battery life, and Intel does it all at no additional cost to the end user.”

    and

    “Here [as opposed to the desktop chips] the benefits are even more tangible; by keeping clock speeds the same and using the improvements of Intel’s 45nm transistors to lower the voltage, Intel is able to reduce power consumption to a measurable degree in a notebook using mobile Penryn.”

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