Dell launches developer Ultrabook for Ubuntu

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Dell has his promises come true: Now available in the U.S. for $ 1549 is a 13-inch notebook for Ubuntu developers available. It’s called “Project Sputnik” or officially Dell XPS 13 Developer EditionSputnik is Russian for “companion”, and the English word “companion” was probably tapped to Dell.


For hardware features include a Core i7-3517U processor from Intel , 8 GB of dual-channel SDRAM at 1333 MHz and a 256 GB SSD. The 13.3-inch TrueLife WLED display delivers a resolution of 720 lines (720p) for the Intel HD Graphics 4000 is responsible. Above the screen sits a 1.3 megapixel webcam.

About connections include two USB 3.0 ports, a mini display port and headphone jack. With 1.36 pounds of weight is one of the first Linux -Ultrabooks.

As an operating system, there is Ubuntu 12.04.1 Long Term Support (LTS)In addition to the standard software package contains two beta versions, Profile Tool and cloud Launcher. Both Dell has started recently on github, as the responsible for the sales area Web Manager George Barton tells.

“The idea of Profile Tool is to provide access to community-created profiles on Github, as Ruby andAndroid , so you can quickly set up its development environment, its tool chain, “says George. The developers store Here we have this personal infrastructure with programs, scripts, modules, demons or even libraries. You can then restore on any compatible system by entering just two words: “sputnik launch”. For starters, Dell has also provided three standardized profiles: JavaScript, Ruby on Rails and Android.

Cloud Launcher contrast, uses Ubuntu Juju to create called the notebook “Micro Clouds”. With containers, the entire cloud environment reconstructed and simulated before they are completely shifted to the cloud.

The Ubuntu Ultrabook Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is initially only available in the U.S. and Canada. According to George is but the change as soon as possible.

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