Originally Posted by WOD35
Hey I'm a linux proponent but not a Windows opponent. I'll take it if it's free, put it in a VM and sleep well at night. But if it was $50 more I'd go with the linux only laptop. And I see now that Dell does offer an XPS 13 with ubuntu $50 cheaper than with win7, but only of the 8GB RAM and 256SSD model, making it $1549 instead of $1599. They do not have a linux version of the $1049 4GB and 128GB model, which is BS when most linux users would go for the lower system resources and price, and I think a lot of developers only use 32 bit and only feel a need for 4GB, seems odd to offer a developers edition in only 8GB, but I may be wrong. Seems like a red herring. Yeah we offer linux laptops.... but not in relevant price or spec configurations! The FCC or someone should require retailers to sell a "freed" version of all models.
I can see and agree with the majority of your post - but the developer edition specs make a lot of sense to me - ever worked with a source tree totalling ~500mb of source code? Compilation of such a project eats around 6gb of ram on an 8 threaded processor pretty easily.
I do agree however, that they should offer Ubuntu installed for all models.
The FCC actually did regulate that any device that operates on the C block frequency range must be unlocked but has so far been useless in actually upholding that regulation (see: Motorola Droid Bionic, Samsung Galaxy S4 etc..)
Furthermore, there are "middle man" retailers that are able to offer volume pricing of a laptop with more flexibility in cofniguration for single unit purchase (See: Xoticpc - they often offer Ubuntu installation on laptops should you so choose) These companies fill the void left by poor manufacturer decisions in the Linux realm.