Sputnik has landed! Introducing the Dell XPS 13 Laptop, Developer Edition

A little over six months ago we announced a scrappy skunkworks project to pilot a developer solution based on Ubuntu 12.04LTS and our sleek XPS 13 laptop.  Thanks to the amazing feedback and support we have received from the community, today we are announcing the availability of the resulting official product – the Dell XPS 13 laptop, developer edition.

What’s exactly is it?

Here is an overview of the components of this client-to-cloud solution and some key facts:

Hardware: XPS 13 laptop, high-end config

  • I7 CPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD


Price: $1,549 $1,449* (includes 1 yr ProSupport)

*Updated 11/30/12: the community pointed out we had not priced consistently across our online stores, this has been fixed.  This offering was always intended to be priced less than Windows.


  • Small office/consumer – U.S.
  • Enterprise – U.S./Canada
  • Outside the US  – early 2013

Community projects: Profile tool and Cloud Launcher

The profile tool and cloud launcher are beta open source projects that we have just kicked off on github.  These projects are quite nascent at this point and we are looking for more people to get involved and help get them going (hint, hint 🙂 ) .

  • Profile Tool: The idea behind the profile tool is to provide access to a library of community created profiles on github, such as Ruby and Android, to quickly set up your development environments and tool chains.
  • Cloud launcher: The cloud launcher enables you to create “microclouds” on your laptop, simulating an at-scale environment, and then deploy that environment seamlessly to the cloud.  Today the launcher utilizes Linux Containers to model your environment on your laptop and then uses Juju to jettison that environment to the cloud.  The launcher project on github will allow for community expansion on this concept using different technologies and approaches.

How did we get here?

As I mentioned at the beginning, project Sputnik began as a skunkworks effort.  It was made possible by internal incubation fund designed to bring wacky ideas from around the company to life in order to tap innovation that might be locked up in people’s heads. 

Just weeks after the basic concept was greenlighted by the innovation team, it was publically announced as a pilot project at the Ubuntu developer summit.  The big focus of our efforts, particularly in the beginning, has been to work with Canonical to make sure that we had the appropriate drivers for all functionality including the pesky touchpad.

From the start, the idea was to conduct project Sputnik out in the open, soliciting and leveraging direct input from developers via our Project Sputnik StormSession, comments on this blog, threads on the Sputnik tech center forum as well as the project Sputnik beta program.  In fact it was the tremendous interest in the beta program that convinced us to take Project Sputnik from pilot to product.

I would like to give a special shout out to the beta cosmonauts who signed on.  They were an intrepid lot who were patient and diligent working through issues to help make sure that when we went to production we had a product that developers would want.

Where do we go from here?

The next big thing for XPS 13 developer edition is availability outside the United States.  We are working with teams inside of Dell to make this so as quickly as we can.  The other direction we are looking at potentially expanding is offering a bigger beefier platform for developers.  The XPS 13 is perfect for those who want an ultra light and mobile system but we have heard from a bunch of devs who would also like an offering that was more workstation-like with a bigger screen and more RAM.

Today is a very proud moment for our team, putting together an official Dell offering for developers with their input and suggestions through out the process.  Stay tuned for more to come!

 Pau for now…

117 Responses to Sputnik has landed! Introducing the Dell XPS 13 Laptop, Developer Edition

  1. Claudio says:

    The link miss “.dell.com” after “content” at the beggining.


  2. ryanplusplus says:

    Hey Barton, looks like the link is broken. Also the RAM upgrade to 8 GB is much appreciated.


  3. ross says:


    Thought I might regret taking the black friday deal on the XPS 13, but I’m pretty OK with it: for half the price, I got a machine with less RAM and SSD, an i5 instead of i7, and had to install Ubuntu myself– but I think it’ll still be a fine machine for hacking Python and Javascript.


  4. NW says:

    This machine with Windows version is much more cheaper than Ubuntu version with the same spec. Is Dell trying to fuck Linux developers with M$ EEE strategy or Windows Tax?


  5. […] George. We’ve been calling it Project Sputnik, and it’s got a real name now, “XPS 13 developer edition.” I’ll of course probably always refer to it as Sputnik. I help run the internal […]


  6. […] Il vero vanto di questo modello è l’ottimizzazione di Ubuntu 12.04 ereditata dal progetto Sputnik, ma al di là del nome di qualche software precaricato, Dell non lascia molte informazioni nella pagina ufficiale. Sappiamo che ha un suo PPA, e alcune funzionalità extra per sviluppatori di cui trovate molte info nel blog di Barton George. […]


  7. […] While making drivers work was a “big focus” of the work with Ubuntu-backer Canonical, the Sputnik Ultrabook also features a few key programmes to make it more useful for developers, said project leader Barton George in a blog post. […]


  8. anthonyvenable110 says:

    Reblogged this on anthonyvenable110.


  9. Fred Rico says:

    Why does it cost $50 more than the Windows version????


  10. Jon says:

    Any chance of a version with a higher resolution display?
    Currently using a 1920×1080 laptop and downgrading isn’t really appealing other than that though it seems like a great laptop!


    • Fox says:

      I second that! I’m using a 1920×1080 13″ laptop now… would switch in an instant if I could get the XPS 13 with Ubuntu and at least 1440×900…


    • I hate to complain, but I agree. What developer develops on a 720HD laptop? My phone has that resolution and I wouldn’t develop on my phone.


      • We hear you loud and clear, will take the feedback back to the team.



      • eliasp says:

        Exactly. I was amazed by the whole project (although I don’t have any need for the extra software etc.) at first, but when I saw the display resolution, my interest instantly dropped.

        It looks like I’m not alone at all… every blog, news article etc. I read then had the same complaints in the comments… a display resolution no one would like to have.

        Let’s hope DELL changes this immediately and also makes one with a “reasonable display resolution” [1] available.

        I’d buy it instantly, if it is offered soon enough in Europe. Can’t wait longer than 2-3 months, then I’ll have to look for alternatives.

        [1] https://plus.google.com/+LinusTorvalds/posts/ByVPmsSeSEG


      • Gido says:

        Exactly.. the system would be perfect if you guys put into the next version a better screen. I hate to compare products with apple-products but if i go in to the next store and i see the nice resolution of a 13″ retina macbook its hard for me to ignore that and just stay happy with a resolution like that. even my 4 year old 13″ thinkpad x301 brings a better resolution (1440×900).. but anyway, i am really happy that dell brings a great computer with ubuntu. i was waiting for this moment for years and if you update the screen, i will buy one 🙂 thanks anyway for the great job


      • thanks @eliasp and @gido!! Stay tuned!


  11. André says:

    Well done guys! Thanks for making it possible, and thanks for the 8GB of RAM! It would be a lot more comfortable for using VM.
    I’ll buy one as soon as it gets available in the EU.
    I’m currently running under Gentoo with the i7 version and I can’t wait to see how Ubuntu would perform on the new version of the Ultrabook.
    Thanks again!


  12. Saurav says:

    I love this! But most developers need a higher res screen.

    So don’t be discouraged if you see low sales. This would be a perfect laptop if the screen resolution was higher. Developers need higher res screens so that they can view more code at a time.

    Watching 720P movies while flying in the air isn’t what we use this for. We use this for coding at coffee shops or at impromptu hackathons, and screen resolution matters a lot. (When at the desk a lot of us just connect to a 24″ or bigger monitor.) So while the small size rocks (we’re more likely to carry it around and code more), the low res screen doesn’t (akin to coding through a peep hole).

    Hopefully you can take this info back to your meetings and push for higher res screens to target your market better.


    • Saurav, thanks for the feedback. I will definitely it take back to the team. Its all about getting something out there for folks to react to and then incorporating the feedback and building better products!


  13. CFS says:

    I would like to know more about the battery life, please. Just like most people, I’m disappointed about the screen resolution as well, but everything else sounds great.


  14. Petr Zak says:

    Congrats and thank you very much for a great job!. I hope this ultrabook will be available in the EU (especially Czech Republic) not later than in January 2013 😉


  15. bgamari says:

    A +1 for higher screen resolution. I’m currently on the market for a new laptop and display resolution has been my primary criterion alongside machine size (between 14″ and 15″ would be excellent).

    The Latitude E6530 is a nice machine with reasonable resolution but isn’t something you want to be carrying around (both heavy and large). The E6430 on the other hand is perhaps a bit small and has a downright aenemic display which makes development a nightmare without an external monitor. Sadly, this pattern is exhibited across all vendors.


  16. Suresh Iyer says:

    Hi Barton, many congrats on the launch. I have been following the developments thanks to Mike Gunderloy’s sputnik updates.

    I have a query: If I get this from the US via a friend visiting India, will it work with the 230V supply in India – perhaps if I buy an Indian power cord from Dell India (hope they do sell that!)? May be a stupid question, but just thought will get it clarified. Thanks.


  17. Yet another +1 on the screen resolution issue. I’m in the market for a new laptop right now, but the XPS 13 isn’t an option because of its display.


  18. Lemontree says:

    This is a complete NO-GO.
    Why, why, WHY they call it a Developer Laptop if they’ve put on it a screen with such a ridiculous resolution!?!?!? (1366×768)

    Developers need high VERTICAL resolution, and they don’t give a sh*t about the HD, FHD, 720p stuff… This is something for movies (which are supposed to be viewed on a TV, not on a laptop)

    I really don’t get why nowadays it’s practically impossible to find a laptop with a screen having 1200 vertical pixel and a 4:3 aspect ratio.

    16:9 is a plague.

    P.S.: ASUS has some nice 13″ with 1600×900 resolution, that far from being optimal it’s still better than this ridiculous 768.


  19. zopa says:

    Would love one, as most if only it had a better screen resolution, I could also use a bigger screen (14″), and perhaps a graphic card!
    Thanks for making Linux available natively!
    Please also don’t forget EU.


  20. Thanks for making this possible! Great idea, great execution!


  21. Mike Stewart says:

    screen. both resolution and size are too small.

    othewise, kudos! specs look great! I want to support a manufacturer that will sell me quality hardware that I can run linux on top of … so I REALLY want to buy this. I just NEED larger screen.


  22. […] a blog post, Dell said its Developer Edition laptop would run $1,549 but it actually starts at $1,449. For […]


  23. […] nog niet zeggen of het apparaat ook in ons land verschijnt. Dell-ontwikkelaar Barton George stelt op zijn blog dat er plannen zijn om de XPS-13 Developer Edition buiten de VS uit te […]


  24. +1 for higher-res screen and 16GB RAM. I’m currently on a 13″ MBP but run Windows as my primary OS (but would love to have Linux). Currently Sputnik would be a downgrade for my on my 1.5 year old (yet upgraded) laptop. I could live with 8GB on Linux but not Windows. A higher-res screen is non-negotiable for me.


  25. rox0r says:

    typo: 256GB memory?


  26. […] a blog post, Dell said its Developer Edition laptop would run $1,549 but it actually starts at $1,449. For […]


  27. Nate C says:

    Congratulations on the product launch!

    I’m glad you corrected the pricing inconsistency between the Windows and Linux versions. Thanks!

    Here are my thoughts for what they’re worth:

    – I think it’s a good idea that you aimed for the higher end on most specifications (RAM, SSD, CPU).

    – Contrary to what some other critics are saying, I think the 13″ screen size is plenty large enough. Going any larger would sacrifice portability and battery life. I’ve done a lot of work on much smaller screens. Even Linus Torvalds himself primarily uses an 11″ MacBook Air as his portable developer machine! See http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/19/an-interview-with-millenium-technology-prize-finalist-linus-torvalds/

    – I agree with others that the screen resolution is too low. While it’s certainly not unusable, it just seems rather outdated in 2012 for the developer demographic. As others have mentioned, vertical pixels are very valuable to developers who deal with a lot of text.

    Also, I have a question: Is the screen matte or glossy?


  28. […] a blog post, Dell said its Developer Edition laptop would run $1,549 but it actually starts at $1,449. For […]


  29. cyplo says:

    Hi !
    I have such res at 10″ screen, so +1 for higher res in 13″ screen.

    Also, when it will be avaiable in Poland ?


  30. […] what sort of combination of software will make them sell more hardware. This comment directly from Barton George’s blog seems to confirm my […]


  31. TheRagsta says:

    A question for those complaining for resolution specs… What the hell do you do with higher resolution on a13” screen? I want to be able to read what I see on the screen… And i want to do that for 8 hours without Going blind… I valuate much more screen quality, instead.

    Burton, this new version of xps13 mount the same hd from Samsung as the first generation?


    • Nate C says:

      Linus Torvalds recently answered this question when he was complaining about the low resolution of laptop displays: https://plus.google.com/+LinusTorvalds/posts/ByVPmsSeSEG

      He says:

      “I still don’t want big luggable laptops, but that 1366×768 is so last century. Christ, soon even the cellphones will start laughing at the ridiculously bad laptop displays.

      And the next technology journalist that asks you whether you want fonts that small, I’ll just hunt down and give an atomic wedgie. I want pixels for high-quality fonts, and yes, I want my fonts small, but “high resolution” really doesn’t equate “small fonts” like some less-than-gifted tech pundits seem to constantly think.

      In fact, if you have bad vision, sharp good high-quality fonts will help.”

      When someone chimed in about fonts being too small, he answered:

      “ever heard of “scaling”?

      The web page stays the same size. No microscope needed. But the fonts turn out beautiful. And us people who want lots of text, can get it, and it’s still readable.”

      What he’s saying is that high resolution doesn’t mean small text. That may have been true on some operating systems in the pats, but it’s not true on a modern Linux system. The fonts can be scaled to larger sizes, and the extra pixels simply make the text a lot more clear.


    • Mike Stewart says:

      We’re offering feedback, the point of this project.

      If Dell offered same exact specs only 15″ screen — I’d buy it today.

      I *really,* *really,* *really,* want to support Dell (or any other HW mfg) for putting together a device that considers FOSS community. I think sputnik is great and I’d like to support it with my dollars. This is sooo close, but just not quite what I need.

      I already own an 13.3″ i7 ultrabook with 4GB memory and 240GB SSD — and it was significatnly cheaper (Acer s3 951). However wireless driver support from broadcom sucks! After using it for 6months I’ve decided I need to upgrade. The hardware *must* work with linux … plus, I must have a larger screensize with, 8GB+ memory, and better keyboard+trackpad.


      • Thanks for the feedback Mike! Really do want to offer a beefier config, taking input.


      • Mike Stewart says:

        Thanks for Replying Barton,

        I’ve seen XPs 13 at Frys, and its awesome, just a tiny screen.

        My must have specs:
        Display: anti-glare: matte — my dream would be something that works well outdoors like cell/tablet — I’d pay premium.
        Resolution: minimum 1080p
        Size: At least 15″ 16:9 (more square is ok, too).
        HDMI out
        CPU: i7
        HD: SSD 200GB+
        RAM: 8GB+
        Battery: 4hrs+ battery (conservative load)


  32. JW says:

    Awesome! Just put my order in. While the screen res is not ideal, it is workable on a developer machine, and is a small sacrifice to make to support this effort. I hope to see Dell continue in this direction. Now i just need to figure out what to do with my mid2012 15″ MBP. Congrats on the release!


  33. Tristan Schmelcher says:

    Bought instantly. Congrats on the launch!


  34. Amazing product! Very tempted to purchase but a few factors caused hesitation.
    One of the great features Dell has always offered over the years has been the ability to customize the hardware configuration when ordering a computer. Why does this offering come with a fixed hardware configuration? Personally, the price point is a bit high for me and I’d prefer to drop the 256GB SSD to 128GB or even 64GB depending on the pricing impact in an effort to reduce the overall price.
    Also, in the way of future upgrades, is the motherboard capable of handling more RAM than 8GB? I scoured the forums, blog posts and Dell’s web site and was only able to obtain an answer through Dell Chat. I was told the motherboard max RAM capacity is 8GB. There are other ultrabooks on the market with 16GB RAM capacity and for developing, especially if a VM is loaded, more RAM is essential.
    A great way to truly attract developers is to provide technical developer information, such as the maximum amount of RAM the motherboard supports.
    If Dell isn’t able to provide this developer edition ultrabook with the ability for the customer to configure some of the hardware, at least provide a few different levels and price points to chose from. Generally, offering two different amounts of RAM or two different size SSD drives will not impact or require any extra software drivers or coding.
    Thanks again for this product and project. Look forward to being able to purchase a Dell product!


    • Thanks Joey for the feedback. For our first effort out the door we went with one config to keep things simple. As we plot follow-on offerings we will look at the possibility of offering more.


  35. Tobias says:

    Is there a way to get a Ubuntu (circle of friends) superkey for my existing computer built with a Windows key..?


  36. Suresh Iyer says:

    @Barton: Also, it would be great if you can incorporate a higher resolution screen in the same 13 inch form factor. This would be more helpful than just having a higher resolution screen at a higher screen size (and hence a bulkier, heavier and less portable laptop) of 14 or 15.x inches. Thanks!


  37. canadawhit says:

    Enterprise pricing in Canada at $2,344 – a little high don’t you think?


  38. Mine arrived today, looking for the profile tool to give it a try while my standard tools download and sync.


    • Carol says:

      Could you please comment on the battery?


      • I gave it a burn in running a video conference that evening from 8pm to about midnight, it held up but was warning me that I was down to the last 20 minutes of life. That’s out of the box plus some updates, running Google Hangout, and I think I left the keyboard light on. I was also ssh’d in installing software, running Dropbox, Ubuntu One, and CrashPlan to sync it up with my life, so not exactly a quiet evening for it.

        I haven’t given it a good workout since, but generally I’m finding that it holds up nicely around the house and will not need the adaptor if fully charged.


      • JW says:

        I am getting about 4.5 hours developing with the screen on full brightness. Developing in C++ & node.js. I have a VM running with my node.js directories rsyncing every 5 secs. Normal productivity apps running, such as browser with gmail & hotmail, thunderbird for corporate, a caldav service and skype. Have used it up to 6 hours in the same way with the screen at minimal brightness, but have not fully drained it this way yet.


      • ciemaar says:

        So you’re brightness is adjusting? I haven’t been able to get mine to adjust up or down, maybe I have an issue with my unit? Did you do anything to get it to start adjusting?


      • JW says:

        I thought I replied to this already. Yes, my brightness controls are working fine. When I first got the machine, everything worked until I did a software update through the Update Manager GUI, which broke brightness, lid-suspend, and a few other things. I ran the recovery to factory, then did a sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade. After this, brightness still works. Some packages are held back though, so I suspect Update Manager did a dist-upgrade rather than just an upgrade, and there was something there that broke it. At this point, all is working as expected except hibernate/resume with the lid, but I am farily confident this is my own doing. I have my system set up to start/take down a bunch of stuff on boot, including virtual box VMs, rsync jobs, etc so I have custom pm-utils/sleep.d scripts that are probably a bit buggy.


      • JW says:

        Ah, so my hibernate problems were two-fold. The first was my apt-get update must have pulled in the following bug, which was a trivial tweak to the referenced script to fix: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pm-utils/+bug/1007924. The second issue was something I did in my script to hibernate my VM when the laptop hibernates. All is now working as expected.


      • Any guess how to get the brightness to work without a full reinstall? Maybe I’ll call support. I have too much installed to want to break it back to factory-new.


    • Andy, the profile tool is just starting off you can check it out here https://github.com/sputnik/sputnik-profile feel free to dive in 🙂


  39. JW says:

    Just took mine out of the box a few hours ago – I’m writing on it now. Beautiful machine. Started coding right away. I am coming from a 15″ MBP, and the screen is really not an issue for mme. I do have a few _minor_ (mostly cosmetic) comments.
    – The quick start guide was all about windows 8.
    – It would be really cool if the super key was an ubuntu key.
    – I was hoping for a sputnik sticker.
    Also, in terms of marketing, ‘sputnikizing’ the logo on the back would go a long way. That way, when these things start showing up in videos of technical presentations, people will know exactly what machine it is.

    So far, I am extremely happy with this machine. Great work!


    • Yeah, I was kind of expecting a nice letter from Dell or the Sputnik team in place of the the Quick Start Guide, possibly pointing me to the profile and cloud tools which I’m still not clear on, do I download those? Which version is the “official” version?


      • Andy, at this point the cloud launcher is made up of LXC and JuJu which both come with the laptop. We have also kicked off a public effort on github to expand this to other platforms and technologies https://github.com/sputnik/sputnik-cloudlauncher. Also on github is our effort around the profile tool which is in its early stages right now https://github.com/sputnik/sputnik-profile.

        Not sure what you mean by “official” version? Let me know if this makes sense. thanks


      • I terms of official I mostly mean a release or a release branch, but from your post about changing the approach for the profile tool, I wasn’t sure if what was on github represented the new approach or the old one.

        A Dell/Sputnik Team/Community blessed getting started branch would be good Quick Start material too. A wiki page with maintained pointers would be good. Making sure that the referenced tutorials match the versions in the Dell/Ubuntu 12.04 PPAs would be clutch.


    • @JW I apologize about the win8 quick start guide, i have given the team a heads up and we’re looking into it that is definitely a bug! thanks for the heads up


  40. Trevor says:

    Quick question…does it come with the power cord and adapter?? When I go to customize, it lists the power cord as an included item, but says nothing about the power adapter. And then the first page of accessories, it shows the adapter as something you have to buy separately for an extra ~$40. So do I have to add in the power adapter or does it come with one??



  41. olharl says:

    720p? Meh. 1200 dots vertical. Then we’ll talk.


    • @olharl how big a system would you be willing to carry around for 1200 vertical? As we look at potential additional systems we’re interested in what folks are looking for in a bigger system.


      • With all this talk about screen resolution I was looking for a thread to offer my 2 cents. I use it a little different than many other people and do not want anything larger or heavier.

        I am a consultant and keep a laptop that goes with me to the client’s site to do things that cannot be done on their equipment/network, such as code to play with at lunch or conference videos, so I’ll take extra resolution when you can but this is already larger than it’s predecessor a 10″ Netbook tablet and I would not like to go bigger.


      • Noted Andy (@SureshIyer had the same basic sentiments as you did). Thanks for the feedback!


      • bgamari says:

        While I wasn’t the target of the question, I’ll reply anyways. I recently considered replacing my primary machine (a Latitude D830) after a hardware failure. After seeing the models available on the market, I ultimately decided to wait for better options (hopefully this project will become one of them).

        Personally, I find that there is a large gulf between the 14″ and 15.6″ models currently available. While the 14″ form factor may be a bit small (especially considering the anemic resolutions available on these models), 15.6″ is really quite large to carry around.

        I do a great deal of development, data analysis, and reading on my laptop. While all of these tasks require a large working area, I don’t want to be tied to an external monitor and desk. While 15.6″ with a 1920×1200 panel gives me this ability, it comes at the expense of portability. A 14″ model, on the other hand, is portable enough but really precludes any real work without an external monitor. Even a 1920×1200 display in this form factor would be practically limited due to the limitations of the human eye. I think an option between 14″ and 15″ (with a high dot density display, of course) would fill this void. Is somewhere around 14.5″ an option?


      • @bgamari thanks for the feedback, much appreciated. Ill take this back to the teams and see what they have up their sleeves 🙂


  42. […] XPS 13 Ultrabook™. George explains the hardware and software specs and more in his launch announcement here.Some time ago, he met with an analyst, who proposed his concept of an Ubuntu developer laptop. […]


  43. botesz says:

    Any estimation about when this will be available in Europe? I can’t wait for that!


  44. Robert says:

    Bring it to sweden asap.


  45. k says:

    “Outside the US” – I hope this includes Norway!

    (I guess that means Canada is inside the US?)


  46. Suresh Iyer says:

    This news item, [http://goo.gl/nLFUc] assuming it is true, is simply brilliant – Dell is bringing 1920 x 1080 as an option to the 13 inch XPS, and I hope the price doesn’t go up by too much :).

    It is impressive that Barton and Dell managed to respond to the requests for a higher resolution within 3 weeks (by having the demo unit or the news out at the CES expo), and hopefully we will have the official news out soon.

    Thanks, Barton and Dell. I just hope you would get the pricing right to allow us to be really wanting to buy this! 🙂


      • Michel S. says:

        Perfect storm, I guess — with Windows 8’s launch, suddenly everyone is putting high quality 1080p screens on their premium laptops 🙂

        Just checking, though — how long will it take between the Windows model’s refresh (ETA later this month) and the developer edition? Will have to order it via friends, and if none of them are in the US at the moment I might have to get the standard model.

        And there’s no hardware difference between the two, right? (In the past I had to customize my Dell order to make sure I get one with Intel wifi instead of the Dell-branded Broadcomm).

        Was almost resigning myself to getting a Macbook Air until I remember about Sputnik 😀


      • I can neither confirm nor deny the High quality screens coming to the developer edition, nor can I talk dates re. said screen 🙂

        Thanks for remembering Sputnik and stay tuned!!


  47. […] George, le directeur marketing de Dell, qui a piloté le projet Sputnik, écrit sur son blog que le XPS 13 sera disponible en dehors des États-Unis début 2013. Il ajoute […]


  48. It appears with the refresh it’s more expensive than the Windows one again- is this correct?


  49. Rashid says:

    Hi George,

    Still waiting for the launch date and price for Australia.


  50. Suresh Iyer says:

    Fantastic news, Barton. Thanks for listening and shipping a version so quickly. Can you confirm whether the display panel is IPS or not? Also, any plans for a India launch (and tentative price)?


  51. […] we launched the Ubuntu-based XPS 13 developer edition at the end of November we got a lot of great press.  That […]


  52. […] World I was interviewed about Project Sputnik, the resulting XPS 13 Developer Edition we launched and the importance of […]


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  55. […] Ubuntu-based XPS 13 developer edition series.  The first generation of the developer edition debuted over six years ago and it, along with the Ubuntu-based Precision mobile workstations that launched […]


  56. […] that my personal laptop has been showing its age. It is a Dell XPS 13 L321X, one of the original Project Sputnik laptops from Dell. It came with pre-loaded Ubuntu 12.4 and has a Core i7 CPU, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 […]


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