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Been using 16.04 on my XPS 13 for a week or so now, it finally supports nearly everything (bluetooth is a couple of extra commands) out of the box, and I've not had any issues so far.



Are you happy with battery life? For laptops, I've always stuck with Apple machines but in my experience even Windows uses less power than Linux.


I've been using an XPS 13 for 8 months as my main development machine and battery life hasn't been an issue. I regularly go out for a (e.g. coffee shop) working day and I don't have to charge.

There were some issues with earlier Ubuntu/Linux/BIOS versions, but most have disappeared with new releases. The last one is a palm detection issue with the touchpad, but it should to be fixed in 16.04. And if you can't wait, at least you can fix things yourself if you want.


> The last one is a palm detection issue with the touchpad, but it should to be fixed in 16.04. And if you can't wait, at least you can fix things yourself if you want.

I'm not sure if I could fix palm detection. I am certain that I could spend a lot of time trying to fix it and for me, that time would probably be better spent elsewhere.


Are you using the sputnik "developer edition" or the standard retail version of the XPS 13?


The Sputnik version. That indeed reminds me I swapped the wifi card for an Intel one. Because they are better supported and it was cheap.

The original one was definitely working though.


Ooh, can you do that? Broadcom driver drives me up the wall every time I tweak something...

(Apart from that and the HiDPI, the latter of which is the DE devs' fault, the laptop is awesome.)


This fantastic iFixit (Step 10) has all the details you need:

https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Dell+XPS+13+Teardown/36157#s...


I was just about to ask what wifi card you had working there. It took me quite a while to get my xps13's broadcom card working with 15.10 and I'm not sure I even remember how I did it. It's putting me off upgrading.


My laptops at least for the past 5 years have been fine with Ubuntu - much the same battery life as windows, and with a little tweaking quite a lot longer. I'm currently getting 7 hours out a commodity Asus with a couple of dev environments and a VM running. It drops to 5 if I'm running the fairly intensive service I'm developing, 4 if I do anything foolish like run the service from within eclipse, and 3 if I leave the chat sidebar visible in Facebook


> I'm currently getting 7 hours out a commodity Asus with a couple of dev environments and a VM running

Wow, that's very good. I've always found running a VW absolutely destroys battery life.

For laptops, I've only ever managed to get 9+ hours on a Macbook and that's pretty much the threshold that I'm comfortable with to leave with a laptop as my work machine for the day. If you're getting 7+ on your Asus running a VM, you have to be over 9 without the VM running, right?

I'm going to load 16.04 on my ThinkPad and see how it does.


I'm actually not sure the VM is making that much difference, which is surprising, although it's pretty much only running nginx, and having all the bare-metal virtualization stuff enabled has helped a lot with performance.

This is with core-M, so in many ways the things to watch out for are screen brightness and anything which makes the processors ramp over 800mhz - that actually seems more damaging than processes that just wake a lot


Are you using the laptop mode tools or tlp? Any packages in particular that you would recommend to reduce power consumption?

BTW, my VM was running Windows and that's probably why it drained my batter so quickly.


Which model do you have? My new 9350 seemed to hang a few times and become unresponsive when I tried beta 2, I'm hoping that release isn't going to do that.


how's the audio jack working, I got my XPS 15 last week, and planning to install ubuntu LTS once released. I read that audio jack is tricky to get working


I have an XPS 15 and can confirm the audio jack only works once with 15.10—once you unplug, audio is borked. I haven't tried 16.04 yet. Webcam and audio in also doesn't work, but everything else does (!). I initially tried linux mint, but the kernel was ancient, so latest ubuntu with `apt-get install cinnamon` is roughly the mint desktop experience with more recent packages.


Is it a XPS 2016?




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