Dell fan­boy

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I’ve just read your ar­ti­cle en­ti­tled Launch­ing Linux Lap­tops in LXF220. I’m a big fan of the Dell XPS De­vel­oper and am on my sec­ond ma­chine, hav­ing passed my old one (2013) to my wife.

We’ve been us­ing Linux as our house­hold’s only op­er­at­ing sys­tem for about 10 years. The ad­van­tage of the Dell de­vel­oper ma­chines is that you don’t have to re­move Win­dows from a new ma­chine or leave Win­dows on a sep­a­rate par­ti­tion to main­tain the war­ranty if things go wrong. You also don’t have to worry if the PC you’ve bought is re­ally com­pat­i­ble with Linux.

The Dell XPS De­vel­oper is a su­perb piece of en­gi­neer­ing. Granted, it costs about the same as an Ap­ple ma­chine, but then the Linux soft­ware is free, open source and just works, which is cer­tainly not my

ex­pe­ri­ence of Ap­ple ma­chines. I’m happy to pay a pre­mium price for the hard­ware and then to use the best soft­ware that money can’t buy!

I’ve switched Ubuntu for Kubuntu on the two ma­chines that we have be­cause I find the Unity in­ter­face rather dull and ugly. Since much of the use of my ma­chine is us­ing Kden­live for video edit­ing and digiKam for photo pro­cess­ing, it makes sense for me to use KDE, and it has the added ad­van­tage of look­ing good.

I would also like to en­dorse the comments made by Steve Rus­sell ( LXF220) “Less Geek” and sug­gest that per­haps there might be ar­ti­cles on some­thing such as RAW im­age pro­cess­ing in digiKam or video-edit­ing tips

and tricks in Kden­live. Many thanks for a great mag­a­zine. Mike Holmes, via email

Neil says: We’re glad you’re en­joy­ing your Dell XPS 13. Dell had to prise Jonni’s review sam­ple from his cold, dead hands, which was a bit up­set­ting at the time – in part be­cause Jonni was alive and well when the courier ar­rived in the of­fice. Thank­fully, he’s feel­ing much bet­ter about it now.

As you’re ask­ing for it, I hap­pen to know a semi-pro photographer that uses Linux and loves digiKAM, so per­haps we’ll see a tu­to­rial in a fu­ture issue. My think­ing has al­ways been that LXF users are clever enough to work all of th­ese pro­grams out for them­selves, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to lighten up oc­ca­sion­ally and have some­thing more prac­ti­cal in there.

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