First, a little background. Nearly a year ago today we launched the first Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition. This Ubuntu-based client-to-cloud platform was the result of an internal skunkworks effort, Project Sputnik. Thanks to strong community input and support the project became a product.
Within a few months of launching the initial XPS 13 Developer Edition (Sputnik 1), we introduced “Sputnik 2” solving for the biggest issue with the first release, monitor resolution.
Today we are announcing the availability of Sputnik 3, the XPS 13 Developer Edition featuring the 4th generation Intel processors. This laptop, which is touch-enabled, will replace the existing XPS 13 Developer Edition.
And since we’re talking about systems and Ubuntu, in response to the continuous requests for a more powerful version of the Developer Edition, we have taken the first steps by doing some testing on the Precision M3800 and posting the results.
The Sputnik 3 Product specs are as follows:
- Processor: 4th generation Intel i7
- Display: 13.3″ Full High Definition touch display (1080p)
- System memory: 8GB
- Graphics: Intel HD graphics 4440 (HD 5000 in the case of the enterprise version)
- Hard drive: 256GB SSD drive
- Standard Service: 1 year Dell ProSupport and onsite service after remote diagnostics
- Operating system: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
- Community projects: Cloud launcher and Profile tool (for more info see Tuesday’s update)
Availability of Sputnik 3
Starting today the updated XPS 13 Developer Edition is available in the
Pricing for the system will not increase and will remain $1,549.99
Early next week the Developer Edition will be available in Canada.
For North America, the US and Canada, in addition to the i7 configuration, there will also be an i5/128GB config that will be available on a build-to-order basis and priced at $1249.99.
By the end of November, the Developer Edition will be available in
- United Kingdom
Europe – Wave 2: Available in December
Testing Ubuntu on the Precision M3800 mobile workstation
While the XPS 13 has proven to be very popular with developers, since we started
project Sputnik there has been a group in the community that has been asking for a “big brother” for the XPS 13 developer edition, i.e. a system with 16GB of RAM that offered a larger screen and more horsepower.
With the above in mind, when Project Sputnik team member Jared Dominguez learned about the sleek new Precision M3800 that was coming out, he finagled his way into getting a system to do some testing.
You can find Jared’s detailed results here but the net is “For the most part, everything [he] tested works,” the one exception being the SD card reader. The resourceful Jared then shipped his system to Chris Ball, a buddy of his that maintains the SD/MMC/SDIO subsystem of the Linux kernel, and who graciously agreed to volunteer time debugging the Linux driver for this card reader. We will keep you updated on the progress.
So while Jared’s testing is not official it should be enough to get most devs going running Ubuntu on the M3800. And like the initial project Sputnik offering, if we get enough positive feedback, we might be able to offer it as an official pre-installed offering.
- Project Sputnik Profile Tool: Dell commits engineering resources, Docker joins the cause and we want your input!
- Ubuntu on the Precision M3800 – Dell Tech Center
- Profile tool Repository on GitHub
Pau for now…