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Thinking of buying above Ultrabook and installing Ubuntu. Anyone done this already?

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PC mag. review: pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2395124,00.asp –  david6 Jun 29 '12 at 22:45
    
I tried running 12.04 64bit from a USB key and it all worked flawlessly. I highly recommend it. –  Jack Gillespie Aug 17 '12 at 16:02
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I don't know if anyone has tried this particular model, but in general it would seem that Dell laptops work well with ubuntu. There's a list of certified hardware available here:

http://www.ubuntu.com/certification/desktop/make/Dell/?page=1&category=Desktop&category=Laptop&category=Netbook

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try a live media ( for example live CD or Live USB ), boot from that media and will see if your laptop is compitabled with your machine

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I would recommend trying Ubuntu 12.04 (64bit) from LiveCD, before either installing alongside (as dual-boot) or fully replacing the Windows 7 Home Premium that Dell provides.

Note: With an Intel Core i7-2640M (2.8GHz), 8GB RAM, and 750GB hard drive, this should reasonably be 2-3 times faster at most operations under Ubuntu 12.04 (64bit) than as supplied with Windows 7.

UPDATE

You can't easily use Windows 7 configuration to release the 'unused' disk space, although that is the recommended (and safe) method. The vendor may have also tied up 200-400MB for a recovery partition (for Windows 7). Windows 7 also does not like to shrink past about 243GB, and complains that something important (like swap file) will be affected.

Suggest approach:

Try installing on Windows 7, as WUBI install, to see if this will run on this Laptop. If this fails, or there is not enough room, move on ..

If you have re-install disks for Windows 7, or the shop/vendor will supply them, the replace the current Windows 7 install with 64bit Ubuntu 12.04. I would not comment trying dual-boot on only 256GB. You will want to keep 100GB for 'media files', pictures, etc. and it will get full fast even with Windows 7 only hogging 75GB (the plausible minimum).

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Thank you for your help. Silly question, but will testing everything from LiveCD confirm 100% compatability, ie will then be safe to install Ubuntu (wiping Windows). –  Welsh_User Jul 2 '12 at 13:20
    
No. The first stage would be testing Ubuntu using LiveCD. The second would be to install alongside Windows 7 in (so called) dual-boot. If after a few weeks you are fully satisfied, then you could replace Windows 7 by another install of Ubuntu, overwriting the entire disk. But, there is no particular reason to rush this, as you could still run indefinitely with a smaller (150GB) partition of Windows 7 alongside Ubuntu. You don't have to use it, but you may still needed it for some Windows-only software or data conversion/transfer. –  david6 Jul 2 '12 at 22:22
    
Thank you David that is very helpfull. I have ordered a new XPS 14Z so will post how I get on. It has a 256GB SSD so what is the smallest partition you would require for Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit? –  Welsh_User Jul 3 '12 at 20:59
    
add detail to my answer .. –  david6 Jul 4 '12 at 7:39
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I have a Dell XPS 14z (L412z) running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and, in general, I'm very satisfied. It's a great machine but some issues need to be solved after installing Ubuntu 12.04.

I've made a thread in Ubuntu Forums about how to solve temperature, battery and touchpad issues: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2127448

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