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Dell's Ubuntu Ultrabook arrives this autumn

Dell XPS 13

By Nicole Kobie

Posted on 19 Jul 2012 at 10:42

Dell has revealed its Ubuntu-based XPS 13 laptop is going from "pilot to product" this autumn.

Dell first announced the open-source Ultrabook in May, saying it would run a six-month pilot, dubbed Project Sputnik, to see how much demand there was from developers for an open-source device.

Dell was "blown away" by the response for the project, receiving thousands of applications for a beta device, said Barton George, project Sputnik lead and director of Dell's web vertical marketing.

"Since we announced Project Sputnik a little over two months ago, we have continued to be amazed by the amount and quality of interest and input we have received," George said.

The device will be the top-end XPS 13, George said in a blog post, and run the long-term support version of Ubuntu 12.04.

Prices haven't been announced, although Dell told TechCrunch it will sell for a bit less than the Windows version, which is currently priced at £1,119 ex VAT on Dell's site. It will start selling in the autumn in "select geographies".

Project Sputnik is part of Dell's new "incubation" programme, which looks to give employees space to work on their own ideas - similar to Google's 20% system. "The idea behind the incubation program is to harness that scrappiness and inventiveness to explore and validate new ideas and products outside mainstream Dell processes," said George.

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User comments

All I can say is...

...Why? Yes, yes, I know, but it better have better battery life and work instantly with my scanner/web cam/printer etc from years back just like it does with Windows 7

P.s. I wish it luck.

By rhythm on 19 Jul 2012

A better way

Why not offer the choice of a laptop without any OS installed so that the buyer can choose which to install himself.
I would go for that as every time I have bought a Dell laptop the first thing I do is get rid of Dells OS and install a fresh retail copy without all the bloat.

By curiousclive on 21 Jul 2012

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