Introducing the 2020 XPS 13 Developer Edition — (this one goes to 32!)

January 1, 2020

We are proud to announce the latest and greatest Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition. The system, which is based on 10th Gen Intel® Core™ 10nm mobile processors, represents the 10th generation of the XPS 13 Developer Edition (see a list of the previous nine generations below).

This 10th generation system features an updated design and comes with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS preloaded.  Two areas of note are that the new XPS 13 will be available with up to 32GB of RAM as well fingerprint-reader support.  (suppport for the fingerprint-reader support will be available post launch and initially as an update.)

The Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, 10th generation

 

The Developer Edition, as well as the 32GB Windows configs, will be available in February (initial Windows configs will be available on January 7).  When the Developer Edition launches next month it will be available in the US, Canada and Europe and start at US $1,199.99 (this represents an i5-based Developer Edition with 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, an FHD display and with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS preloaded).

But wait, there’s more: Latitudes and monitors

As with the preceding generation, today’s announcement of the latest XPS 13 Developer Edition is not a decoupled event but is part of a broader Dell product unveiling. In addition to the XPS 13 Developer Edition and its Windows counterpart, Dell Technologies is introducing new products and software across its premium Latitude 9000 series and display portfolios.

Dell UltraSharp 43 4K USB-C Monitor

Latitude 9000 series: Featured as the first devices within the new 9000 series, the Latitude 9510 notebook and 2-in-1 laptops represent a new ultra-premium class of products targeted at executives and mobile professionals.  The 15” commercial PC delivers 5G mobile broadband capabilities, AI-based productivity capabilities, and targets 30-plus hours of battery life.

UltraSharp 27” 4K monitor:  In addition, the new family of monitors includes an 86”4K interactive touch monitor, an UltraSharp 27” 4K USB-C Monitor for creatives with VESA DisplayHDRTM 400 for true color reproduction, and the new Alienware 25” Gaming Monitor with 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time.

XPS 13: 32GB, FPR support, larger display & improved unboxing 

Returning to the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, as mentioned in the opening, many will be happy to know that when it debuts next month, it will be available with up to 32GB of RAM.  The addition of an option above 16GB is something is a direct request from the community and we are happy to be able to deliver on it.

Fingerprint-reader support:  Another awaited feature is fingerprint-reader support.  While not available at launch, support will soon follow, first as an OTA (over-the-air) update and then as part of the preloaded image.

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, 10th gen

4-sided InfinityEdge display:  What’s also very cool is that the latest XPS 13 boasts the first-ever 4-sided InfinityEdge display, which means it is virtually borderless.  In addition, the new display features a 16:10 aspect ratio (up from 16:9 on the prior gen) and while this may seem like a small detail, the extra screen space is noticeable. 

Keycaps and trackpad: A larger display, along with larger keycaps, and trackpad are all contained within a form factor both smaller and thinner than the previous generation.

Unboxing experience: As a result of customer feedback, both the XPS 13 Developer Edition and Windows variant will ship with an improved unboxing experience.  This experience is cleaner, simpler and based on more sustainable packaging. While all Dell packaging is sustainable, the new design greatly increases the ease of recyclability by eliminating foam and single use packaging.

XPS 13 Developer Edition specs in brief

The 2020 XPS 13 developer edition will be available with

  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ 10nm mobile processors
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Fingerprint reader support (driver initially available via OTA update)
  • Up to 32GB memory
  • Up to 3x faster wireless with Killer™ AX1650 built on Intel WiFi 6 Chipset, supports up to 2TB PCIe SSD
  • Up to 4K Ultra HD+ (3840 x 2400) display

Project Sputnik and Dell’s Linux portfolio – from then to now

The first generation of the XPS 13 developer edition debuted over eight years ago and represents the first system in the Project Sputnik portfolio of developer systems. (See the list of the initial nine generations below).

Guided by feedback:  Project Sputnik, it began as an exploratory effort to find out what the community wanted in a developer-focused laptop. Since the project’s beginning it has been guided by direct input from the developer community and in fact it was the power of the community that pushed the effort from project to product.

Precision joins: Three years after it launched, the svelte XPS 13 developer edition was joined by a beefy Ubuntu-based Precision Mobile workstation.   Within a year this initial power system became a set of four systems and are now in their fourth generation.  Today the Sputnik portfolio consists of the 2020 XPS 13 developer edition along with the Ubuntu-based Dell Precision 5540, 3540, 3541, 7540 and 7740 mobile workstations.

150+ Linux systems:  While project Sputnik is the most visible Linux-based offerings from Dell, it is only a small fraction of the over 150 systems that make up Dell’s Linux portfolio.


The Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition through the generations


Generation One
(L321X) — November 29, 2012

  • Ubuntu 12.04LTS
  • CPU: 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor (Sandy Bridge)
  • RAM: 8GB
  • SSD: 256GB
  • Display: 1366×768

Generation Two (L322X) — February 18, 2013

New features

  • FHD display (1920 x 1080)
  • 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ (Ivy Bridge)

Generation Three (9333) — November 15, 2013

New features

  • Touch-enabled FHD display
  • 4th Generation Intel® Core™ (Haswell)

Generation Four (9343) — April 9, 2015

New features

  • Ubuntu 14.04
  • 5th Generation Intel® Core™ (Broadwell)
  • 512GB
  • QHD+ touch (3200×1800

Generation Five (9350)March 3, 2016

New features

  • 6th Generation Intel® Core™ (Skylake)
  • InfinityEdge™ display — FHD and QHD+ versions available
  • 16GB and 1TB

Generation Six (9360) —  October 04, 2016

New features

 

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • 7th generation Intel® Core™ (Kaby lake)

Generation Seven (9370) — January 4, 2018

New features

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (launched with 16.04 LTS upgraded to 18.04 in July 2018)
  • 8th generation Intel® Core™ (Kaby Lake R)

Generation Eight (9380) — January 23, 2019

New features

  • 9th generation Intel® Core™ (Wiskey lake)
  • 2TB
  • Camera moved to the top of the display

Generation Nine (7390) August 21, 2019

New features

  • 10th Generation Intel® Core, 6 cores (Comet Lake)

 

 

 

Extra-credit reading

  • The best Linux gifts to buy in 2019 – ZDNet
  • Dell’s Newest XPS 13 Ubuntu Laptop Just Got 16 Additional Configurations – Forbes
  • Dell bets big on Ubuntu Linux laptops for developers – ZDNet
  • Dell XPS 13 7390 Review: The Best Laptop For Desktop Linux Users – Laptop Capri
  • Dell announces new Linux XPS 13 developer edition 7390 laptop – TechBuzz

 

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Project Sputnik: Want to join the cause?

December 18, 2019

Passionate about Linux? About Developers? We’ll have we got the opportunity for you. 😊

The Project Sputnik team is planning to beef up our efforts and we’re looking for a passionate soul to join the cause and help drive Dell’s line of developer laptops and workstations.

This individual would have an opportunity to handle community engagement, represent Dell at developer and open source events as well as shape the future of Dell’s Sputnik program. Live in Austin?  Even better!

Operators are standing by

If the above sounds exciting to you and you are diplomatic, intuitive, have a passion for coding and Linux please DM me at @barton808 on Twitter.  At this point we are gathering names of interested individuals and will reach back out in the new year.

Extra-credit reading

  • Dell Opens Up About Its Linux Efforts And Project Sputnik – Forbes

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XPS 13 developer edition portfolio up 8X in the States, 6 core and more!

October 31, 2019

At the beginning of last month, we announced the roll out of the first configurations of Dell’s latest XPS 13 developer edition.

Today, in honor of Halloween, we are excited to announce that we are increasing the number of configurations in the developer edition portfolio by a factor of eight.  In total, we now offer 18 different configurations of the 9th generation developer edition, 16 of which are available both online and offline.

If you venture offline you also get two bonus systems to choose from, one featuring a 1TB SSD and one that boasts an even beefier 2TB solid stated drive.  These offline offerings can be ordered via chat or phone (877-BUY-DELL).

 

All of these configurations come with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS preloaded and are powered by the Intel 10th Gen Core™ U series processors, over half of which are based on the i7 hexacore processor.

What’s also cool about today’s news is both the Linux and the Windows XPS 13 lines are being rounded out at the same time.  Linux has officially become a first among equals. 😉

Please see the complete list of configs for the US, Canada and Europe below.

7390 Specifications

For your reference here are key features of the 9th generation of the XPS 13 developer edition.

  • Processor Options
    • 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-10210U processor (4 cores)
    • 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-10710U processor (6 cores)
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS preloaded
  • Killer™ AX1650 (2×2) built on Intel WiFi 6 Chipset + Bluetooth 5.0
  • InfinityEdge display with top camera placement
  • FHD and UHD resolution support
  • Up to 16GB of LPDDR3 memory at 2133MHz

The XPS 13 developer edition lineup

The United States

US Online configurations

When you get to the XPS 13 developer edition product page you’ll notice that there is only “one” system displayed.  This is the base configuration which you can then configure to create 16 different options.

i7 – 6c | 16GB | 256SSD | FHD non touch

i7 – 6c | 16GB | 256SSD | UHD Touch

i7 – 6c | 16GB | 512SSD | FHD non touch

i7 – 6c | 16GB | 512SSD | UHD Touch

i7 – 6c | 8GB | 256SSD | FHD non touch

i7 – 6c | 8GB | 256SSD | UHD Touch

i7 – 6c | 8GB | 512SSD | FHD non touch

i7 – 6c | 8GB | 512SSD | UHD Touch

US Offline additional configurations

i7 – 6c | 16GB |1T SSD | UHD Touch

i7 – 6c | 16GB |2T SSD | UHD Touch

Canada – Online

i5 | 8GB | 256SSD | FHD NT

i7 – 6c | 16GB |1T SSD | UHD Touch

i7 – 6c | 16GB | 256SSD | FHD NT

i7 – 6c | 16GB | 512SSD | FHD NT

i7 – 6c | 16GB | 512SSD | UHD Touch

Europe – Online and Offline

i7 4 core | 16GB | 512SSD | FHD NT

i7 4 core | 16GB | 512SSD | FHD NT

i7 4 core | 16GB | 512SSD | UHD T

i7 4 core | 16GB | 512SSD | UHD T

i7 4 core | 16GB | 1T SSD  | UHD T

i7 4 core | 16GB | 1T SSD  | UHD T

 

Project Sputnik

The original XPS 13 developer edition from 2012

Nearly seven years ago the community-driven Project Sputnik went from skunk works project to official product.  The original “line up” consisted of only one system and one configuration.

The system, which represented the top of the line XPS 13 system came with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS-preloaded, was powered by a 1.6-GHz Intel Core i5-2467M processor and featured 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD.

Fast forward to today and instead of a 1.6GHz i5 processor the top config of the 9th generation XPS 13 developer edition is based on Intel’s i7 six core processor, along with 16GB of RAM and a 2TB drive.  Who knows what specs and features will define the future generations to come of the XPS 13 developer edition.

Stay tuned and find out! 😊

Extra-credit reading

9th generation developer edition news

Podcasts

Articles and blog posts

 

  • Dell’s Newest XPS 13 Ubuntu Laptop Just Got 16 Additional Configurations – Forbes
  • Dell releases latest Linux developer laptop with Comet Lake CPU – ZDNet
  • Best Laptop for PC Users is Here: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition – TFIR
  • Dell XPS 7390 Developer Edition with Intel Comet Lake and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS announced – FOSS Linux
  • Dell announces new Linux XPS 13 developer edition 7390 laptop | tww
  • Intel Introduces 10th Generation Comet Lake Y and U-Series Processors – cnx-software.com
  • New Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Announced, Powered by Ubuntu – OmgUbuntu!
  • Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition with Ubuntu Linux, Intel Comet Lake coming in September – Liliputing
  • Dell XPS 13 (7390) Developer Edition laptop comes with Ubuntu Linux, Wi-Fi 6, and 10th Gen Intel Core CPU – BetaNews
  • Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Announced with Ubuntu – debug point
  • Dell XPS 13 (7390) Developer Edition laptop comes with Ubuntu Linux, Wi-Fi 6, and 10th Gen Intel Core CPU – Angle News
  • Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition with Ubuntu Linux, Intel Comet Lake coming in September – Go Gadget News
  • Dell releases latest Linux developer laptop with Comet Lake CPU – The Gizmo Effect
  • Dell XPS 13 (7390) Developer Edition Powered by Ubuntu | Hurahu
  • Dell XPS 13 laptops get 10th-gen Intel Core chips – Liliputing
  • Dell releases latest Linux developer laptop with Comet Lake CPU – Technology latest news
  • Dell Announced the XPS 13 Developer Edition “7390”, Which Powered by 10th Generation | LinuxTechNews
  • The Bestest Laptop Computer – Thar She Blows! – Orcaflotta
  • Dell announces new Linux XPS 13 developer edition 7390 laptop – tech-tutorials.com
  • Nuevo Dell XPS 13 con Ubuntu a la vista » MuyLinux
  • Dell presenta una nueva XPS 13 con Ubuntu – Consejero Digital
  • Dell XPS 13 (7390) Developer Edition – Ubuntu i Comet Lake procesori | Lokator.Blog – Novosti kako ih Vi želite!
  • Dell XPS 7390 Developer Edition lançado com Ubuntu 18.04 LTS – edivaldobrito
  • Arriva il nuovo Dell XPS 13 developer edition (7390) – Aggregatore GNU/Linux e dintorni – laseroffice
  • Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, 9ª generación, el próximo juguete de Dell – ubunlog

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Dell’s Linux landing page goes live!

September 27, 2019

One subject we often get feedback on, and it doesn’t tend to be the positive kind, is the difficulty in finding Linux systems on Dell.com. The following tweet does a good job of summing up people’s frustrations

Im sure you get this all the time – but I dont understand why it’s so hard to just search for and find detail on which laptops ship with @ubuntu on a beautiful understandable page.

Earlier this month we took a big step in addressing this issue when launched the new Linux landing page, http://www.dell.com/linux.

Dell’s new responsive landing page as viewed on a mobile or desktop

Out with the old

While we had a previous landing page, it wasn’t anything to write home about and it certainly didn’t leverage the slick and responsive new dell.com template.  When our old page was taken down in a recent web clean up it gave us the push we needed to bump it up on our list of things to do.  The web team who helped us through the process was awesome and we got the new page up in record time. 

The page features the following product lines (we plan to add products over time):  

  • Dell XPS 13 developer edition
  • Dell Precision Mobile workstations, developer edition
  • Ubuntu-based and Red Hat-certified Dell Precision fixed workstations

All roads lead to…

Besides dell.com/linux you can get to the page using any of the following: 

  • dell.com/sputnik
  • dell.com/developer
  • dell.com/developers

A journey of a thousand miles

While we still have more to do to make Linux systems easy to find on dell.com we see this as a great first step and are looking forward to bringing you more good news in the future!

Extra-credit reading:

The new site

  • Dell Has A New Dedicated Site For Ubuntu And RHEL-Certified Linux Desktops And Laptops – Forbes
  • Dell Makes It Easier to Find Its Growing Linux Range – omg!ubuntu!
  • Dedicated Linux site for DELL  (starts @20:33)- LWDW 187
  • Dell’s new web page makes finding Linux laptops and desktops easier – Liliputing
Forbes
  • Linux Laptop Buyer’s Guide 2019: Tips And Resources To Find A Laptop That Meets Your Needs – Forbes
  • Dell’s Beautiful New Linux Laptop Features Ubuntu, 10th Gen Intel CPUs And Super Fast WiFi – Forbes
  • Dell Launches New Ubuntu-Powered XPS 13 9380. Nose Cam Not Included – Forbes
  • Exclusive: Dell Opens Up About Its Linux Efforts And Project Sputnik – Forbes
  • Dell Shipped Linux On 162 Unique Platforms In Fiscal Year 2019 – Forbes
  • Ditching Windows: 2 Weeks With Ubuntu Linux On The Dell XPS 13 – Forbes

 

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Introducing the XPS 13 developer edition, 9th generation

August 21, 2019

Today we’d like to announce that the new XPS 13 developer edition (7390) will soon be available in the US, Canada and Europe.  The new developer edition, based on Intel’s 10th Gen Core™ U series processors, is part of Dell’s new consumer PC portfolio that is being unveiled today.

The XPS 13 developer edition, 7390

These systems represent the 9th generation of the XPS 13 developer edition and will come with the Killer™ AX1650 (2×2) built on Intel WiFi 6 Chipset. The new 7390 systems will co-exist alongside the current 9380 XPS 13 developer edition.

Timing

The first wave of the new XPS 13 developer editions will debut on September 5th in both the US and Europe and will be based on the 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-10210U processor (the systems will be available two weeks later in Canada).   

In October the lineup will more than quadruple with the addition of systems based on Intel’s 10th Gen Core™ U series processors — with i7 hexacore along with additional i5-based systems.

Project Sputnik rolls on

The XPS 13 developer edition is the cornerstone offering in the Project Sputnik portfolio. If you’re not familiar with it, Project Sputnik was kicked off nearly seven years ago with the goal of creating an offering driven by input from the developer community. Sputnik began as an exploratory effort but thanks to the interest and passion of the community the project became a product. The system being announced today, the 7390, represents the 9th generation of that initial offering.

7390 Specifications

  • Processor Options
    • 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-10210U processor (4 cores)
    • 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-10710U processor (6 cores)
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS preloaded
  • Killer™ AX1650 (2×2) built on Intel WiFi 6 Chipset + Bluetooth 5.0
  • InfinityEdge display with top camera placement
  • FHD and UHD resolution support
  • Up to 16GB of LPDDR3 memory at 2133MHz
  • 2x Thunderbolt™ 3 [DisplayPort / power delivery (4 lanes of PCI Express Gen 3)]

European Availability

The new XPS 13 developer edition will be available online in both the “For Work” and “For Home” sections* in the following European countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium (Dutch and French)
  • Switzerland (German and French)
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Spain
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • The United Kingdom 

*Note: In the US and Canada the developer edition is only available in the “For Work” section

Stay tuned

Over the next couple of months the new XPS 13 developer edition line up will unfurl. Watch this space for more news!

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Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing the Dell Precision 5540, 7540 and 7540 developer editions

May 29, 2019

July 6, 2019 Update — Now available:

Dell Precision 5540 mobile workstation, developer edition

Dell Precision 7540 mobile workstation, developer edition

Dell Precision 7740 mobile workstation, developer edition


 

Earlier this month we introduced the entry-point system in Dell’s next generation of Ubuntu-based Precision mobile workstations.

Today we are announcing the rest of the line: the Precision 5540, Precision 7540 and Precision 7740.  If mobile power is what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.  And if AI is your need, the Precision 7540 and 7740 might just be what you’ve been looking for.

 

Dell Precision 5540 mobile workstation, developer edition

A quick overview

Precision 5540 mobile workstation — Starting at 3.9lbs, this svelte but powerful machine features up to Intel® Xeon® E or 9th Gen Intel® Core™ 8-core processors along with 4TB of storage and up to 64GB of memory. And if professional-grade graphics are what you need, the 5540 can support up to an NVIDIA Quadro T2000 (4GB).

Precision 7540 mobile workstation – The 5540’s big brother, the Precision 7540 can accelerate heavy workflows with up to 3200MHz SuperSpeed memory or impressive capacity – up to 128GB of 2666MHz ECC memory.  When it comes to processors it features up to Intel® Xeon® E or 9th Gen Intel® Core™ 8-core processors.

Precision 7740 mobile workstation – This mobile monster has been updated to feature up to the latest Intel® Xeon® E or 9th Gen Intel® Core™ 8-core processors. The 7740 comes with up to 128GB of ECC memory, and a large PCIe SSD storage capacity (up to 8TB).   It also boasts the latest NVIDIA Quadro RTX graphics, up to the RTX5000, deliver real-time ray tracing and graphics-based AI acceleration. Additional options include next-generation AMD Radeon™ Pro.

A closer look at the specs:

 

Dell Precision 5540 mobile workstation, developer edition

Our smallest, thinnest, and lightest 15” mobile workstation

  • Latest Intel® Core™ and Xeon® 8-core processors
  • Up to NVIDIA Quadro® T2000 4GB graphics
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS preloaded
  • Certified for Red Hat 8.0
  • DDR4 memory speeds- up to 64GB 2666MHz
  • Expandable storage options up to 4TB
  • Optional UHD touch w/100% Adobe RGB, now 500nits or OLED display w/100% DCI-P3 color gamut.
  • NEW aluminum color options
  • IR camera option & HD camera moved to top of the bezel
  • Starting at 3.9lbs

 

Dell Precision 7540 mobile workstation, developer edition

Our most powerful 15” mobile workstation

Dell Precision 7540 mobile workstation, developer edition

  • Latest Intel® Core™ and Xeon® 8-core processors (on Xeon and i9)
  • Latest Radeon Pro™ and NVIDIA Quadro® professional graphics
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS preloaded
  • Certified for Red Hat 8.0
  • Memory speeds up to 3200MHz SuperSpeed and large memory capacity up to 128GB
  • Reliable Memory Technology Pro
  • Massive PCIe SSD storage capacity up to 6TB, RAID, FIPS encryption
  • Long battery life option
  • NEW optional HDR400 UHD display
  • NEW optional aluminum LCD cover
  • Ready for AR/VR and AI
  • IR Camera option
  • Starting at 5.6lbs

 

Dell Precision 7740 mobile workstation, developer edition

Our most powerful mobile workstation

  • Latest Intel® Core™ and Xeon® 8-core processors (on Xeon and i9)
  • Radeon Pro™ and NVIDIA Quadro® RTX professional graphics
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS preloaded
  • Certified for Red Hat 8.0
  • Fast memory speeds up to 3200MHz SuperSpeed and large memory capacity up to 128GB
  • Reliable Memory Technology Pro
  • PCIe SSD storage capacity up to 8TB, RAID, FIPS Encryption
  • Long battery life option
  • Up to an UHD IGZO display – 100% Adobe color gamut
  • Ready for VR/AR and AI
  • IR Camera option

 

4th Generation and beyond

What started 5+ years ago as a blog post explaining how to get Ubuntu up and running on the Precision M3800 soon became a line of mobile workstations.   With today’s announcement, project Sputnik’s Ubuntu-based mobile workstation line is now in its 4th generation.

What’s next for project Sputnik?  Stay tuned…

Extra-credit reading

 

 

 

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2019 Desktop developer survey

May 17, 2019

Dell’s Ubuntu-powered Project Sputnik has been driven since day one by input from the community.  While we have continued to gather input on an ongoing basis we decided that it was time to step back and get a broader view. To that end we have partnered with Canonical to produce the 2019 Desktop developer survey.

Helping us to better serve you

By filling out the above survey it will help us to better understand how you work today, what platforms, software and systems you use, why you use them and what you see missing in today’s ecosystem.  This information will help us deliver better software and hardware to meet your needs.

The survey will be open for one month, closing on Friday 31 May 2019.  Results will be published after the survey has closed.

Thanks!

 

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