Published on May 9th, 2012 | by Paterson Prosper1
Dell Designing Developer Oriented Ubuntu Laptop
According to the article, this is a “…6 month project to investigate an Ubuntu laptop. If successful, we have big plans for the effort.” this is a somewhat interesting path for Dell to take on making a laptop. I would assume the market would be very low for something like this?
It’s unclear how closely they are working with upstream, but there’s mention of Canonical as a commercial partner so this may mean Dell is working to ensure some of their hardware Just Works ™ with Ubuntu. The software side is so far just a customized install with developer tools preinstalled. Ars remains skeptical about Dell’s strategy for GNU/Linux support, which may be warranted given their track record.
“Barton George, director of marketing for Dell’s Web vertical reveals information about ‘Project Sputnik’, a laptop tailored for developer needs in web companies. ‘We want to find ways to make the developer experience as powerful and simple as possible. And what better way to do that than beginning with a laptop that is both highly mobile and extremely stylish, running the 12.04 LTS release of Ubuntu Linux’, George ponders and, gives a quick list of packages that the default installation could include. The machine will base on the XPS13, assessing a couple of its main hardware deficiencies along the way.”