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Linux on a DELL XPS 13 9350

My preferred Linux distro is Debian, but currently, stable won’t support the Skybridge chipset. I’ll switch to Debian when the new version comes out, but at the moment, Ubuntu 16.04 is fine.

Installation was easy, after changing a couple of the UEFI settings. Access them by pressing F2 during the boot sequence.

  • Set SATA Operation to Disable, or to AHCI, not RAID On, which came configured on my laptop with Win 10.
  • Disable Secure Boot Enable.

After changing these settings, I was able to install Ubuntu from the basic image burned to a USB thumb drive.

Only two after-installation nits:

  • Though the WiFi card’s driver was installed, network-manager was not able to join networks. I had to uninstall it, and install wicd instead.

  • Ayyy, the HiDPI display … you can sort of make the desktop work but not uniformly. GNOME has decent basic support.

All going fine so far, and waking from sleep seems more reliable than on Win 10. Joining WiFi networks is less reliable than on Win 10, though.

Will happily upgrade to Debian 9 when it arrives, meanwhile, this is pretty good.