What I do, and have done, for a living

I am a Senior Architect in the office of CTO, focusing on Dell EMC’s efforts in the developer and DevOps spaces as well as the open source community. I am also the founder and lead of Project Sputnik, an Ubuntu-based laptop for developers, now in its fourth generation.

Besides working with developers, customers, analysts and press I do a fair amount of blogging and tweeting (you can follow me on twitter at barton808 and you know where my blog is).  I joined Dell in ’09 as Dell’s cloud computing evangelist.

Prior to Dell I spent 13 years at Sun Microsystems in a variety of roles from manufacturing to product and corporate marketing.  My last three years there I spent as an Open Source evangelist, avid blogger, and driver of Sun’s GNU/Linux strategy and relationships.

Before Sun, I spent a year at Johnson & Johnson consumer products marketing dental floss (remember, you don’t have to floss them all, just the ones you want to keep).  New Jersey winters got the better of me and after the 16th snow storm in one year (literally) I left J&J and relocated to San Francisco.

I began my professional career out of college with a four year stint in Tokyo where I worked for Sony working with ISVs for their UNIX-based “NEWS” workstation.

Fun Facts to Know and tell about Me

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, I headed east for higher education and attended Williams College and Harvard Business School.

Outside the virtual office

On the personal side I am an avid father.  Nine years ago, after living in the San Francisco bay area for over a decade our family emigrated to Austin, Texas where we currently happily reside.

Twitter: you can follow me here.

Disclaimer: The views expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of my employer Dell EMC, or any other organization with which I have an affiliation. These are my own thoughts and opinions.


51 Responses to About

  1. patrickfinch says:

    I see you scored some ink on the Register’s pages:


  2. Kshitij Shah says:

    Hey Barton,
    It was nice to read your Blog and notice your credible work in Opensource while you were at SUN . Well, I want to present you an oppurtunity. We have a Technical Festival – Footprints (http://msu-footprints.org) on 20th, 21st & 22nd February 2009. The festival is the biggest in the state of Gujarat(India). It is held in our University Campus, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (http://msubaroda.ac.in).

    You can come down and promote Cloud Computing & OpenSource at the festival. I am personally engaged in promoting OpenSource in many ways in this event. I will sincerely appreciate any kind of help from your side.

    If you are interested, Please drop me an email, and we can work things out.

    Looking Forward to a Positive response.

    Kshitij Shah

  3. barton808 says:


    Thank you for your kind offer. It will be a bit tough to make it out Footprints this time. Thanks for thinking of me. BTW I love the website very cool!

  4. Kshitij Shah says:

    Hey Barton,

    Glad to know, that you considered my request. Thank You very Much. Hope we can have you over here, sometime in the future.


  5. Stefan says:


    good to see you and great feedback from SWSX. good choice to enter the cloud and glad to see you are having fun.

    How are the kids coming along?


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  8. Rick Lebherz says:

    Hello Barton,

    Good Stuff. I recently came across your site here, and you have some very useful information. I’m curious, have you seen the OpSource cloud?(www.opsourcecloud.net) We have been at many of the shows you have been to recently, and I believe Treb Ryan and Jonh Rowell our CEO and CTO have spoken at a few.

    In many of your postings you speak to enterprise requirements and security in clouds,and I would be interested to learn a bit more about your thoughts on how the OpSource Cloud is addressing these areas while still providing the flexibility and elasticity that makes public clouds attractive.


  9. Jerry Huang says:

    Hello Barton,
    I was searching for ATT synaptic storage, Nirvanix and Azure on Google and I found your site, Then I read through all the articles …

    I am a cloud evangelist too. Here at gladinet (http://www.gladinet.com), we develop software to do map network drive and online backup to ATT synaptic storage, Windows Azure, Nirvanix, Amazon S3, Box.net, Google docs and more. So I am farmilar with the topics you talked about in your blog and found it interesting.

    Looking to connect …


  10. Cole Sandau says:

    Hey Barton,
    We are working on a new cloud standards initiative. I know – they are a dime a dozen – but this one is a bit different. The concept is focused purely on the buyer needs. We have been kicking the concept around with quite a few others.

    I was wondering if you would have a few minutes to catch up on the subject.


  11. Midori says:

    Hello, Mr. George.

    Midori Yamamitsu from the Consulate General of Japan in SF here. When you have a moment, would you please contact me at the e-mail address above so I could send you information about our event where Professor Naoyuki Agawa, Keio University, is a featured speaker. He asked us to invite you to the event.
    Thank you for your kind attention.

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  14. Aleksandr says:

    Hello Barton,
    I was looking for the user’s guide for SuperSPARC I CPU (Viking) and Multicache controller. It was previously found at http://mediacast.sun.com/users/Barton808/media/SuperSPARC_MultiCacheController_UserManual_edited2.pdf
    Now, with Sun getting bought by Oracle, all their documentation has been discarded as of July 29, 2010. Please let me know if you happen to have a copy of that file. Thank you in advance.

  15. Aleksandr,

    When I left Sun I left all my files behind as well. Unfortunately I dont have a copy of the manual.


    • Aleksandr says:

      I was not able to get a copy from anywhere else, but your response has allowed me to get approval to use the Sparc v8 for my project, which I completed successfully. Thank you very much for your quick response. I wish you luck in your endeavors.

  16. Pat Wall says:

    Hi Barton, your better half highlighted your blog as part of the Top 100 Cloud Computing blogs so had to check it out. Am now doing business consulting at Juniper Networks (a lot of ex-Sun folks here now!) and working on some cloud-related projects. Hope Austin is treating you well. Still in the Rose Garden!



    • Pat,

      Good to hear from you, at Juniper say hey to Steve Troyer whom I played rugby with in college and Graeme Merry from Glasgow that I used to commute to Sun with.

  17. Naveen says:

    Hey Barton,

    I attended your session “Taking The Revolutionary Approach To Cloud Building: How To Architect For The Greatest Efficiency” at Cloud Expo 2011 and found it interesting. Could you please share the slides…


  18. Naveen,

    The slides for my presentation are up on slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/DellServices/taking-the-revolutionary-approach-to-cloud-building-how-to-architect-for-the-greatest-efficiency

    You can find the slides for all the Dell presentations and more here: http://dellintheclouds.com/


  19. Naveen says:

    Thanks Barton.

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  21. Doug Laney says:

    Hi Barton, Saw your tweet re the 3Vs of big data. Thought you’d be interested in the original piece I wrote @ Gartner first positing them: http://blogs.gartner.com/doug-laney/deja-vvvue-others-claiming-gartners-volume-velocity-variety-construct-for-big-data/

    Doug Laney, VP Research, Gartner, doug_laney

  22. Jayneil Dalal says:


    Read about project Sputnik! Awesome project. I am a FOSS advocate and have done quite a lot of work in the area of open source. I have also been a speaker for various international open source conferences. I would love to be a part of this project. If you give me an email id, I can send you my resume.

    Looking forward to your positive response.

    Best Regards,

  23. vitorafsr says:

    Hi Barton,

    I’m the owner of a Dell notebook. I chose Dell as I consider it a nice brand and, at the time I decided to buy the notebook, with a hardware set very compatible with Ubuntu.

    Project Sputnik reinforced in me this ideia, so I bought the notebook (not a Sputnik), even knowing it had a incompatibility with the fans. I thought it was just configure the package i8kutils (‘Utilities for Dell notebooks’) and use. And for me it was! But later, I discovered that the initial development of this package was done reverse engineering a utility from Windows, and it is Almost compatible with Dell.

    I became the developer of this app, and now I’m searching for datasheets to make this Fully compatible with Dell. The site of development of this package is https://launchpad.net/i8kutils.

    So, I’m here contacting you in the hope you can help me. I will be very glad if you can provide anything in this direction.


  24. Charles says:


    The new Long Term Support version of Ubuntu, 14.04, will release on 04/17. Should(n’t) we expect that the XPS 13 Developer Edition will incorporate the new OS? Please? Thanks.

    • Hi Charles,
      we dont plan to ship the current system with 14.04. Sample size of one but today on the forum someone posted this
      “RE: 14.04LTS support
      Reply by naumrusomarov
      The latest Ubuntu 14.04 installed flawlessly on my dell xps laptop with haswell processor. everything works fine.

  25. Charles Howlett says:

    Official DELL outlet, Beijing?

    Greetings again, Mr. George! As stated above, where would I find an official DELL outlet here in BJ? Iam looking for the XPS 13 or M3800 models.

  26. Theo Range says:

    Hi Barton,

    any news on the next release of Project Sputnik (XPS 13)?

    I’m looking into Ubuntu laptops, and just wondering if I should go for it now, or wait a bit for the next release.


  27. C. F. Howlett says:


    My 2009 Dell 1545 is literally falling apart. I’ve narrowed my replacement choices down to the locally available Lenovo Carbon X1 Touch or an imported Dell Precision M3800. I would happily pass on both of these options for a refreshed version of the XPS 13 Developer edition. Please expedite!

  28. astapell says:

    are there any plan to release a dell laptop 13 “sputnik 4” ? I was interested in the version3 but this last cannot be ordered in Be anymore, Thanks

  29. Theo Range says:

    Since the new XPS 13 was just revealed today and looks awesome, can we expect Sputnik 4 before the end of the month? 😉


  30. Theo, all I can say is “soon” 🙂


  31. edugibert3 says:

    Do you know when is the XPS 13 dev with i7 going to be available again? Thanks.

  32. oradb says:


    Do you know if the XPS 13 Developer Edition will be available in Australia?


  33. Mendel says:

    Hi Barton,

    Hello I just bought an m3800 running ubuntu 14.04 and have two questions.

    1. I bought it with a opal sed ssd. How do I set the key/know that’s it’s working.

    2. It came new from Dell with a user called OEM already installed on it and automatically boots into it and unless I log out and switch to my user the computer is really buggy.

    Thank you.


  34. Steve Oriol says:

    Hello Barton,

    I am looking for a procedure to upgrde my “XPS 13 Laptop” buy in 2013 with the “Ubuntu Edition version 12.04” to the version 14.04 … without lose all the stuff add by DELL
    Do you have a link for that ?

    Thank you

  35. peter joyce says:


    Thanks for all your outreach to those of us trying to get Dell computers to run Linux distros properly. Sputnik is an awesome project.

    Some of us couldn’t wait for the official developer edition of the new XPS 13, and your info here is extremely helpful. I know there are still so many who are trying to figure out how to get Ubuntu running on their devices. Why is is that Dell tech support is clueless? Most don’t seem to know Dell sells devices with Ubuntu pre-installed. If only they had sent me to this website in the first place it would have saved a great deal of heartache. Any way to get good info to them to save future minions? Thanks,


  36. Mendel says:

    Hey Barton I got my screen amd motherboard replaced by Dell for because I was having some issues. However now my webcam is not recognized and I do not see it in lsusb. I left a question on the forum but did not get any answers. Here is the link for some more info. http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/os-applications/f/4613/t/19661187

  37. elpaso66 says:

    Hi there, is there any way to update BIOS from Linux on M3800?
    I’ve replaced the HD (no UEFI and no windows available) and tried everything I could find on the net (including freedos bootable usb) with no success.

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