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Dell's Project Sputnik injects Linux in the XPS 13

Project Sputnik aims to build a Linux-based environment for developers on the Dell XPS 13. Under the Sputnik Beta Cosmonaut program, Dell is offering discounted XPS 13 with preloaded Linux environment to a selected list of applicants

Dell and Canonical have joined hands for project Sputnik, which aims to bring Ubuntu-based Linux laptops to developers. As a first step, the project aims to build a Linux-based development environment on the Dell XPS 13.

As per Ultrabook News, project leader Barton George's latest post reveals that the initial reception has been good. The next step of the project Sputnik is to get specialists for the development and testing of the Linux-based environment.

Under the Sputnik Beta Cosmonaut program, Dell is offering discounted XPS 13 ultrabooks with a preloaded Linux environment (Ubuntu 12.04LTS) to a list of selected applicants. So, those interested out there can apply by checking the link below:

There are no requirements for applying.

Barton has posted:

"All we ask is that you use the system regularly and give us your honest feedback on the project Sputnik forum."

Linux has been providing business solutions for a long time now and all around the world developers have been using the platform for coming up with solutions. With the realization of project Sputnik, we will have a new Linux-based mobile tool for developers.

For those unfamiliar with the Dell XPS 13, it's an ultrabook launched at the CES in January 2012.

The XPS 13 features a 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 Gorilla Glass HD display with Intel HD 3000 graphics. The ultrabook runs on Intel's second-gen Core i5 processor along with 4GB of RAM. It comes with a 128GB SSD which can be upgraded up-to 256GB. The XPS 13 weighs at 1400g and is 18mm in depth. It is equipped with a 47Wh battery that promises up-to 8 hours of usage.

Other specs include Bluetooth 3.0, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports along with a mini display port, a 3.5mm audio jack and a 1.3MP webcam. The USB 2.0 port offers Intel's PowerShare technology that enables charging of gadgets even when the XPS 13 is asleep. There's no HDMI or memory card slot.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-07- 8 (Update: 2012-07- 8)