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Dell Prepares An Open Source Laptop For Developers  
Sputnik is part of an effort by Dell to better understand and serve the needs of developers in Web companies.    
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Tuesday, May 08, 2012 Dell is currently testing an experimental open source laptop, specifically for developers. Called as 'Project Sputnik', Dell's latest ultrabook is running Ubuntu Linux plus utilities.

Speaking about their latest offering at Ubuntu Developer Summit, Dell said that Project Sputnik is a way for the company to get back into creating Linux running laptops. Dell's marketing guru George Barton spoke about this project in a recent blog post. He wrote, “Sputnik is part of an effort by Dell to better understand and serve the needs of developers in Web companies. We want to finds 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.”

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The idea of a developer laptop running Ubuntu originated with the effort of understanding the needs of the developers. Barton said, “As we continued talking to customers and developers the topic of Ubuntu kept coming up and we came across a fair number of devs who were asking for a Dell laptop specifically based on it. To my knowledge, no other OEM has yet made a system specifically targeted at devs and figured it was time to see what that might mean. When the XPS13 launched we realised that we found the perfect platform to start with and when Dell’s incubation program was announced we knew I had the vehicle to get the effort kick started. I should also add that Ubuntu was a natural choice not only because of its popularity in the Web world but Dell has quite a bit of experience with it. In fact Dell has enabled and pre-installed out-of-the-factory Ubuntu on more computer models than any other OEM.”

The install image available for Sputnik contains drivers/patches for Hardware enablement, a basic offering of key tools and utilities and a software management tool to go out to a github repository to pull down various developer profiles, which will be added soon.

Diksha  P Gupta, EFYTIMES News Network

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