Dell XPS 15 9560 and Ubuntu

Written by Jamie Ede on Friday October 5, 2018

The Dell XPS 15 9560 is a great computer. Using Ubuntu is also a sleek affair and the touchscreen works great. Read on for my thoughts

I have had the Dell XPS 15 9560 for just over a year now. It came with Windows 10 Pro installed. It was `fine` to use with Windows and you could tell that the machine was made for Windows.

Everything worked great, Nvidia drivers install with ease. Dell driver updates perfect. BIOS updates flawless.

Let's get to the "Why I switched this machine from Windows to Ubuntu"

I use this computer as a work machine. We live in the terminal. Windows made this cumbersome. Before any Windows fanboys come along and state something along the lines of: Microsoft now have made it easily to install multiple Linux distros from within Windows etc etc let me tell you; I did use those. They worked for basic tasks. But the experience when you get above moderately technical terminal usage was literally `impossible`

My first workaround was to use VirtualBox. I installed 18.04 desktop and away I went compiling, building, pushing and pulling from repos with alot more ease with no barriers.

I then began using this for ~70% of the work I was doing on a daily basis. So, using a VM with a dual monitor setup with Windows only being on one AND only being used as a Browser it was getting apparent that it was a bit pointless.

So, after owning the laptop for ~3 months I did the switch.

Dual-boot Ubuntu 18.04 with my Windows 10 Pro. Was a little bit of a pain to start with some things being a pain to get working exactly how you needed but, the best tutorial I found was:

https://github.com/rcasero/doc/wiki/Ubuntu-linux-on-Dell-XPS-15-(9560)

-- DISCLAIMER, THE ABOVE IS THE BEST TUTORIAL AND WILL ASSIST YOU IN TAKING THE LINUXMASTERRACE SWITCH --

Main stopper issue

The main issue before getting into the GUI is you need to set the boot parameter:

nouveau.modeset=0

Highlight the option 'Try Ubuntu without installing' and press the E key.
Add nouveau.modeset=0 to the end of the linux line - press F10 to boot.

Your live session should then begin. Look over the guthub link above for the tutorial I followed. I did come across other little nitbits that I cannot recall, but please comment and I will answer any queries!

So, now, I rock Ubuntu 18.04 that I was 100% of the time for my work... I don't miss Windows...