Dell XPS 2015: Linux Kernel Support

Well, Linux compatibility seems fairly reasonable on the Dell XPS these days. Unless I notice any issues with the current version which end up getting fixed, I will not update this page. <2015-10-23 Fri 22:17>

Kernel Support

Kernel builds are downloaded from here and the Broadcom wireless drivers are from here. I am running Xubuntu 15.04 and tend to keep the software updated. The latest BIOS version is A05 and it's probably worth keeping it updated.

4.1.6-unstable (Most Stable - I am using this)

I recently performed a fresh install as I had nothing to do and felt everything was a little messy. I installed 4.1.6-unable and I am very impressed. Basically the same as 3.19.0-25 but less problematic. LightDM might need you to click once to get it to display after waking up, but other than that, flawless.

Note: I just realised you only have to click LightDM if you are using an external monitor.







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Other Notes

I've had this laptop for about 4 months, at the time of writing this (it arrived March 2015) and I am actually fairly disappointed with it. My main issue is that I can hardly read text on the screen without reducing the resolution or zooming into everything. This isn't really Dell's fault, but it does make me wish I had gotten something else. Another obvious issue is the built in camera. I didn't think I would have a problem with it, but it kind of gives an unusual view of your face/hands.

Sometimes I wonder whether I should have just bought a second hand ThinkPad off eBay for a third of the price. Does someone want to buy my laptop? :P

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