Just asked Dell Ireland on Twitter to please explain to me why the exact same XPS 13 computer costs €630 more when it ships with Ubuntu – a free and open source operating system – than when it does with Windows 10.
(I can only imagine it’s a typo and will be fixed. Otherwise, there are lots and lots of questions to be asked.)
@aral in Germany the configuration with Ubuntu is cheaper than the configuration with Windows, which makes more sense given that you have pay Microsoft for a license of Windows
Good catch! To be honest I don’t know whether this is another typo or whether they have different varieties which are not all available in all countries.
However, with another configuration and identical display sizes it still seems to be the case that Ubuntu based notebooks are less expensive than Windows ones
@aral If it's not a bug/typo, it's maybe a storage price effect: they might have too much "Windows" version in stock, stock is expensive and getting rid of by massively reducing price is a very common thing in fact.
XPS 13 is awesome btw, love mine!
*Puts on tinfoil hat*
What if Microsoft gave Dell a good deal on their licenses in exchange for this Ubuntu price hike?
Creating and fine-tuning the image that comes pre-installed probably also takes some time. Since less Ubuntu laptops are sold the cost for this labor has to be split between fewer customers.