40.18 Olive Dell XPS13 9380


Olive is a 2019 Dell XPS13 9380 used as a development machine for writing, programming, interactive R and Python development. It is ultra portable for programming when travelling programming. Pros include keyboard, screen, 3 USB-C (2 Thunderbolt, 1 Powershare), 3.5mm audio jack, stereo speakers. Cons include no HDMI, no USB-A, powerful 4K display battery drain. Battery life is 8 hours. Well built with 5-star rating from PCMag as the best ultra portable laptop you can buy. The 13.3 inch 4K display (measured as 336mm) is housed within a compact form factor. Purchased for SGD $2300 including official Dell sleeve, USB-C:VGA adaptor, wireless USB-A mouse, and accessories including USB-C:USB-A, travel adaptor, earpods/microphone, USB card reader, keyboard protector, cable pouch.


Spec Details
Install Date 2019-03-12
Machine Dell XPS 13 9380
CPU 8 x Intel Core i7-8565U 1.80GHz
Performance BogoMIPS = 4224 x 8
Memory 16GiB LPDDR3 Synchronous 2133MHz (0.5 ns)
Network QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter (ath10k)
Disk PM981 NVMe Samsung 512GB
Video Intel HD Graphics (i915)
Camera (uvcvideo)
Audio (snd_hda_intel)
Touchpad SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad ()
Boot Grub2
Kernel 4.15.0-46-generic

Came with MS/Windows 10 Home (no preinstalled Ubuntu versions readily available). Boot Windows 10 to set up Wi-Fi and a new Microsoft user account. Power up (rather than restart from Windows) to boot into the BIOS (Revision 1.0.0) tapping F2 (BIOS) and F12 (Boot Menu) to see a blue bar along the bottom to indicate BIOS startup.

Date Action
20190312 Install Ubuntu 18.04
20191026 Upgrade Ubuntu 18.04 to 19.04 using do-release-upgrade
20191026 Upgrade Ubuntu 19.04 to 19.10 using do-release-upgrade
20200502 Upgrade Ubuntu 19.10 to 20.04 using do-release-upgrade
20220827 Upgrade Ubuntu 20.04 to 22.04 using do-release-upgrade
20230604 Upgrade Ubuntu 22.04 to 22.10 using do-release-upgrade
20220604 Upgrade Ubuntu 22.10 to 23.04 using do-release-upgrade
20221021 Upgrade Ubuntu 23.04 to 23.10 using do-release-upgrade -d

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