Value Ubuntu systems available for consumers in US along with high end XPS 13 developer edition

June 8, 2015

In the last few weeks Dell has expanded its consumer line up with additional Ubuntu machines:  both the economical Inspiron series as well as the high-end, XPS 13 developer edition.

The new economical Ubuntu laptops are made up the Inspiron 14 Inspiron 14 3000 Series Laptop Ubuntu Edition3000 and Inspiron 15 3000 (14 & 15 denote the screen size) which each offer four configs.  All configs of both the 14 and 15 are non-touch.

Here are the specs:

Inspiron 14 3000 + Ubuntu 14.04 SP1

  • Celeron/2GB/500GB: $219.99
  • Celeron/2GB/500GB + optical drive from SAPP: $259.99
  • Pentium/4GB/500GB: $279.99
  • Pentium/4GB/500GB + 2 year mail in service (the above all come with 1 year mail in service): $329.99

Inspiron 15 3000 + Ubuntu 14.04 SP1

  • Celeron/4GB/500GB: $249
  • Celeron/4GB/500GB + optical drive from SAPP: $279.99
  • Pentium 4GB/500GB: $279.99
  • Pentium/4GB/500GB + 2 year mail in service (the above all come with 1 year mail in service): $349.99

XPS 13 developer edition

The smallest 13-inch on the planet with the worldThe XPS 13 developer edition, which in the states has been available only to businesses, is now available to consumers as well.  The four consumer configs are a bit different than those in business:


Check them out, you may find one just right for you.

Pau for now…

Developer Edition Knowledge base: XPS 13 and M3800

June 2, 2015

Update June 26:  How to Install Broadcom Wireless Driver on XPS 13 9343 from Ubuntu 15.04 Install Media


We want to thank the entire community for your posts containing feedback and questions to the Dell TechCenter forum and on this blog regarding the XPS 13 and M3800 developer editions (Ubuntu).

In response to your feedback, here are the first three Knowledge Base articles focusing on the hottest issues.  This post and the Knowledge Base will be updated if new issues crop up.

  • Trackpad cursor freezing issue: [to be promoted to the Dell archive hosted by Canonical – stay tuned].

  • May not resume from suspend running 14.04:

  • Unwanted keyboard character repeat

Remember, in addition to posting your feedback here, we encourage customers to utilize their support contracts and contact the included Dell support (either Consumer Support or ProSupport, depending on whether you purchased it from the Consumer or Small Business sections).  This will help us to officially track issues and tackle them systematically.

Please continue to give us your feedback on the Developer Edition systems.

June 3, update: How to reach ProSupport:



The Dell Sputnik team

Fixing your org by continually breaking it – Devops Days Austin

June 2, 2015

Here is the third post in a six part series focusing on  DevOps Days Austin. Following Cote’s presentation, next in the line up of speakers on day one was Paul Read of Release Engineering Approaches.

Paul’s talk tackles the “importance of continually breaking your organization with experiments, some surprising examples, and how to do it in such a way that you aren’t left with a broken organization.”

Take a listen, and check out his awesome tie! (also see his slides below)

Some of the ground Paul covers:

  • Learning from Toyota Kata
  • The culture of continuous learning and experimentation/improvement
  • Making “the pain visible”
  • Where Paul sees DevOps going in the future

Still to come

  • Cameron Haight – Gartner
  • John Willis – Docker
  • Barton George (Sputnik ignite talk) – Dell

Extra credit reading

Pau for now…

The coming donkey apocalypse — DevOps Days Austin

June 1, 2015

After a bit of a gap I’m continuing the my series from DevOps Days Austin.  After Damon Edwards kicked off the event, Michael Cote of Pivotal took the stage.  Cote presented “The coming donkey apocalypse — what happens when Devops goes mainstream.”

Take a listen (you can find his slides below):

Some of the ground that Cote covers:

  • What DevOps as a community needs to focus on next to expand
  • Unicorns (eg Uber and Netflix), Horses (eg top banks) and Donkeys (mainstream organizations)
  • 3 key areas of DevOps to focus on today
    1. Culture and process
    2. Supporting legacy code
    3. Tools and technology

Interviews on tap:

  • Cameron Haight – Gartner
  • John Willis – Docker
  • Paul Read – Release Engineering Approaches

Extra Credit reading

Pau for now…

Opening Keynote – DevOps Days Austin

May 21, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I attended the fourth annual DevOps Days Austin.   The event was extremely well organize and had a great line up of speakers.  As always I brought along my trusty flipcam (cause I’m old school) and recorded a handful of interviews.  The first in this series features Damon Edwards of DTO solutions, one of the early pioneers of DevOps.

In this video Damon discusses his keynote and thoughts around DevOps in general (you can check out his slides below)

Some of the ground Damon covers

  • How he got into DevOps consulting and how Devops came to be.
  • Applying DevOps to large enterprises and the importance of visibility.
  • How financial services are particularly keen to dive in as well as interest from pharma, manufacturing, gaming etc.

Damon’s Slides

Interviews on tap:

  • Cameron Haight – Gartner
  • Michael Cote – Pivotal
  • John Willis – Docker
  • Paul Read – Release Engineering Approaches

Pau for now…

Dell IoT lab data center

May 7, 2015

Here is the final post in the series of four concerning Dell’s IoT lab in California.

Product Technologist, Raja Tamilarasan gives an overview of the dedicated IoT data center for customers and explains how it can be used for local or remote access.

Extra-credit reading


Dell IoT lab: Smart building demo

May 6, 2015

Continuing with the third of four entries focusing on Dell’s Internet of Things lab, today we have a two-part  look at the smart building demo.

In the first clip, Product Technologist, Raja Tamilarasan takes us through a smart building showing how the sensors are attached to Wyse gateway which constantly monitors the data it receives.  Raja also simulates a fire showing how the building would react.

The second video, which continues from the first, shows how by using Dell’s cloud integration software Boomi, you can migrate aggregated info from a thin client back to a server in the data center.

One more

The next video will be the final one in this four part series: Dell’s IoT data center

Extra-credit reading


Pau for now…


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