Just wanted to know if both of these are fully compatible with Ubuntu? If only specific versions of Ubuntu are compatible, then which ones?



Matters I am more concerned about are:

1) Affect on battery life for both?

2) Dual boot without the need to re-install Windows (don't want to use pirated copy) on a separate partition? I can definitely re-partition using partition Magic/EaseUS.

3) Also, I would not prefer keeping my OS's on SSD (in case of 14z ultra-book)

It would be a great help, as I am considering to buy one of these with prime reason of Ubuntu.


Both the Dell laptops are compatible with Ubuntu. Infact, both are certified by Ubuntu.

You can see the complete list of Ubuntu certified Dell hardware by visiting this link: http://www.ubuntu.com/certification/desktop/make/Dell/?category=Desktop&category=Laptop&category=Netbook

  • How is the battry life on Ubuntu? I have heard that it reduces to almost half. But from my experience on a ubuntu running netbook earlier, it should increase, as ubuntu manages the resources much more efficiently than Windows does. – Jaspreet Sep 10 '12 at 2:53
  • It reduces because the support for the Graphic Card is not good enough. But if you have a nvidia graphic card and you install bumblebee package, the battery life would be good. – green Sep 10 '12 at 7:55
  • it comes only with Intel® HD Graphics 3000 or AMD Radeon HD7570M 1GB. What can be expected in future Ubuntu distros/updates? – Jaspreet Sep 13 '12 at 10:22
  • I'm not sure of AMD, but nvidia has announced that it'd officially support Linux. – green Sep 13 '12 at 12:13

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