Recent Fixes for XPS 13 developer edition

August 28, 2015

About a month ago we stopped new sales of the XPS 13 developer edition in order to address a few issues.  A couple weSputnikScientist2eks ago we started selling the systems again.

For your reference, here are the details around the fixes:

  1. Keyboard repeat:  The unwanted keyboard repeat issue is being addressed via BIOS updates. The A05 BIOS update had some improvements however the as of yet unreleased A06 version will have the final fix in place. Keep an eye on the Dell support page at the below link to see when BIOS revision A06 is released.
  1. Suspend resume and trackpad cursor freezing:  The suspend resume issue and trackpad cursor freezing issue have been rolled up into “over the air” updates from Canonical. We previously had patches that were available through Dell Knowledgebase articles but will no longer be necessary. Going forward you only need to ensure your OS is fully updated to have these fixes in place.
  1. Out of box crashing:  The out of box experience crashing issue has been fixed through a change to the Ubuntu image put on the systems at the factory. All future systems shipped will no longer have this issue from the factory.
  1. DisplayLink driver available:  There is now a DisplayLink driver available to make the XPS 13 and M3800 developer editions compatible with our D3000 and D3100 USB 3.0 docking stations as well as the DA100 external video adapter. You can download the driver at the below link.
  1. Kernel panics when switching wireless networks: there is a bug report filed for this and Canonical and Broadcom are both working on this. Canonical released a PPA, just go to the following link and add it to your repositories and then you can get the patch after running your normal updates.
  1. Wireless channels 12 and 13:  Some customers in Europe might see an issue where they are unable to connect to wireless channels 12 and 13. If you are experiencing this issue call into Dell support to get help with this issue.

Thanks all for your patience and support!

Pau for now…

ContainerCon: How Google helps developers with Kubernetes

August 26, 2015

Last week at Container/LinuxCon I conducted  a handful of video interviews.  Video number three stars Brian Dorsey from Google. Brian works with developers to get them up to speed with Kubernetes.

Here’s what Brian had to say:

Some of the ground Brian covers

  • Brian’s focus on cloud-building developers, specifically those working on Kubernetes
  • Key partners such as Red Hat, CoreOS, Kismatic and many, many more
  • How Brian and the team reach developers  (events, blogs, videos, sample code…)
  • Where he sees Kubernetes going over the next year

Extra-credit reading

My new gig — I’ve joined the CTO office!

August 25, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I took a new position here within Dell.  I’m now in

Source: Schlomo Schapiro, OpenTechSummit 2015

Source: Schlomo Schapiro, OpenTechSummit 2015

the office of the CTO in our enterprise solutions group.  In  my new role the main areas I will be focusing on are DevOps and OpenSource.  And, because you can’t swing a dead cat without hearing about “containers,” I will be looking into that as well.  (I will also continue to drive Project Sputnik, the XPS 13 and M3800 developer editions)

While Dell has a bunch of activities in the above areas, they tend to be scattered across the company and we could do a better job of connecting them.  This will be one of my internally focused tasks, helping to get these efforts more aligned in order to better help our customers.

Externally I will be talking with customers, vendors and partners to see how we can go about creating viable and valuable POCs that will hopefully lead to bigger solutions.  Just like we did with project Sputnik, the idea will be to be transparent about these efforts and to start small and iterate.  With the goal of applying lean/agile principles our approach will be to put together quick, basic POCs that we can make available for customers to access and give input on.  The goal will be to draw on continuous feedback and course correct as we go.

That’s the plan at least.  Watch this space to see how it all unfolds :)

ContainerCon: Rancher Lab’s founder Sheng Liang

August 19, 2015

Rancher Labs
 debuted late last year and it has already made quite a splash.  Rancher positions itself as a complete infrastructure platform for running Docker in production or, putting it another way, it provides infrastructure services reimagined for containers.

Sheng Liang, who previously founded and then sold it to Citrix, is one of the founders of Rancher Labs and  their CEO.  I pulled Sheng away from the booth here at ContainerCon and asked him about his latest venture.

Some of the ground Sheng covers

  • What is Rancher labs and its main offerings: RancherOS (an uber light OS) and Rancher (a management platform for hosts and containers running on those hosts)
  • Where Sheng got the idea for Rancher labs
  • How they have taken in customer feedback and innovated to create offerings that hadn’t originally thought of e.g. RancherOS


    Rancher screen shot

Extra-credit reading

  • A Look At Startup Opportunities In The Container Era – TechCrunch
  • Rancher Labs snags $10 million to ease container management – Fortune

Pau for now…


Talking to Ubuntu’s Mark Shuttleworth re: Containers, IoT, Project Sputnik and Cloud

August 18, 2015

Yesterday at ContainerCon here in Seattle I ran into Mark Shuttleworth,  founder of Canonical and the man behind Ubuntu.  I asked Mark about some of the efforts Canonical has been focusing on recently and this is what he had to say:

This is what Mark had to say:

Some of the ground Mark covers:

  • Ubuntu on the mainframe
  • LXC (client) and LXD (on servers) which creates, migrates and kills containers
  • The recent Microsoft announcement that REST APIs from LXD will be implemented on windows
  • Canonical’s IoT work which leverages their efforts in the mobile area.
  • How Ubuntu Snappy works, why they built it and where are all the places its being used including drones
  • Their OpenStack work including connecting LXD w/openstack and using containers instead of VMs.  Also how to make much larger openstack clouds and build the ecosystem.
  • Props for the 4th Generation of Project Sputnik, the XPS 13 developer edition laptop

Pau for now…

Meet the project Sputnik team + Case Study

July 29, 2015

The other day Canonical came to Dell for a show and tell.  The Sputnik team, normally located in various buildings in Austin and Round Rock, all found ourselves in attendance at the event.  Here is a quick meet-the-team video introducing ourselves, saying where we’re from and declaring our favorite TV show.

Additionally,  here is a short case study giving the Project Sputnik history.

Pau for now…

Introducing Kubernetes 1.0 and the Cloud Native Computing foundation

July 22, 2015

This morning at OSCON a special event was held to announce the launch of Kubernetes 1.0 (Google’s open source container management framework) as well as the introduction of the Cloud Native Computing foundation.

One of the key speakers at the event was Craig McLuckie of Google who is a founding member of Kubernetes’ team.  Craig has also been working with the Linux Foundation to set up the Cloud Native Computing foundation.

I sat down with Craig for a quick chat regarding both of these efforts.

Some of the ground Craig covers:

  • Craig’s role at Google and his relationship with Kubernetes
  • Today’s announcement as it relates to both Kubernetes 1.0 and the Cloud Native Computing foundation.
  • Where does Craig see Kubernetes going over the next year and what new workloads will it run

Extra-credit reading:

  • As Kubernetes Hits 1.0, Google Donates Technology To Newly Formed Cloud Native Computing Foundation – TechCrunch
  • ​Cloud Native Computing Foundation seeks to forge cloud and container unity – ZDNet
  • Linux Foundation wrangles app container wranglers into new org – The Register

Pau for now…


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