Dell is now offering Ubuntu and Vista on the XPS 13 for roughly $1000. The good news is that Ubuntu Linux is now an option. The bad news is the hardware upgrade options for Ubuntu seems to be on the short end of the stick.
The standard Dell XPS 13 comes with 2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo processor. Vista buyers can upgrade to 2.53 GHz and 2.6 GHz processors, while Ubuntu buyers can only upgrade to a 2.53 GHz processor.
In terms of RAM memory, Ubuntu buyers can only go up to 4GB, while Vista users can upgrade their systems to either 6GB or 8GB. The same goes for batteries. Ubuntu users don’t have upgrade options to purchase 9-cell batteries. Finally, there is no mobile broadband option for Ubuntu.
This doesn’t seem fair for Ubuntu users, but then again you might not need the extra bells and whistles if Ubuntu runs quite well on lower hardware requirements. The XPS 13 comes with Ubuntu 8.10 or 7.04 with 1 year of Basic Support.