Dell reboots the Linux notebooks project
Dell is planning to release a new notebook line running Ubuntu 12.04 this fall. The project for developers named “Project Sputnik”, which was announced earlier this year will go from a pilot phase to a finished product, the company announced. Dell tried to enter the market with mobile and desktop computers running the open source operating system, but didn’t make it.
The texas manufacturer will present the Dell XPS 13 notebook with preinstalled Ubuntu to a broader spectrum of potential customers. Of course there will be some geographic limitations for the availability of the model.
The system will give the developers a complete “client-to-cloud” solution. Using it they will be able to create microclouds on their own laptop, simulating cloud environments before they release them to the public.
Currently everyone can download an image of Project Sputnik from Dell’s website. As long as the configuration is concerned, XPS 13 Developer edition notebook packs Core i7 processor, 256GB SSD drive and 4GB of RAM. There are also available wireless modules for Wifi and Bluetooth 3.0, as well as USB3.0 and USB2.0 ports.
The price and the release date of the laptop are still unknown.