The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 comes stock with Windows 10 Home or Pro installed but there is absolutely nothing stopping you installing Linux. You can either dual boot both of them if you have the space or replace Windows 10 with Linux. As I regularly use Ubuntu, I’ll talk you through how to install Linux Ubuntu 14.04 on the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1.
I’m going to replace Windows 10 with Linux Ubuntu 14.04 rather than dual boot. While other ditros will vary slightly in their installation method, the main points are exactly the same.
Install Linux Ubuntu 14.04 on the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
Follow this process to upgrade Windows 10 to Ubuntu 14.04 or later.
1. Download Ubuntu from Canonical and copy to installation media. Choose 64-bit.
2. Plug the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 into the mains and copy any data you want to keep.
3. Reboot the laptop and press F12 when it boots to access the menu.
4. Select to boot from the installation media, either DVD or USB, whichever you copied Ubuntu to.
5. Let the Bootloader install.
6. Select the language and Install Ubuntu when the first window appears.
7. Set it to download updates while installing and install third-party software. Things go much smoother this way.
8. Select the installation type. Select Erase disk for a complete replacement of Windows. Select Shrink Windows and Install Ubuntu Alongside to dual boot.
9. Confirm and then Install Now.
10. Follow the installation wizard and set your country, keyboard layout, username and password.
The Ubuntu installer is pretty quick and should compete in 10-15 minutes. It will then update any drivers, add any Ubuntu updates and configure itself for use. Then it will load into the Ubuntu desktop and be ready to use.
Now you should check all the hardware on your Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 to make sure Ubuntu recognized it and loaded the correct drivers. Download replacements as usual if it didn’t. Now you should be running a fully functioning version of Linux. Good luck with it!