Ars Technica provides detailed review of Dell XPS 13 developer edition

April 22, 2013

If you’re thinking about getting a Dell XPS 13 developer edition you might want to check out the comprehensive review published by Ars Technica this weekend:

It just works: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Linux Ultrabook review — Dell’s substantial investment in making a functional Linux Ultrabook pays off.”

Here is the summary intro:

In an effort originally known as Project Sputnik, Dell dedicated resources into doing Linux on an Ultrabook “right”—writing code where necessary (and contributing that code back upstream like a good FOSS citizen) and paying attention to the entire user experience rather than merely working on components in a vacuum. The result is a perfectly functional Ultrabook with a few extra tools—that “Developer Edition” moniker isn’t just for show, and Dell has added some devops spices into the mix with this laptop that should quicken any developer’s heartbeat.

Check out the entire review

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Customer reviews our 4-servers-in-one, the C6100

August 1, 2010

Outbrain is a company that provides content recommendation solutions for blogs and publishers.  Among their customers are such venerable names as USA today, Chicago Tribune, Slate and VentureBeat.

Data Center number three

The company recently decided to set-up a third data center and went out looking for what type of kit they wanted to outfit it with.  Much to our joy they decided on the Dell PowerEdge C6100.  Although they are currently waiting on delivery of the systems, Outbrain operations engineer Nathan Milford, has been playing with a demo unit for several weeks.

Earlier this week Nathan posted his initial thoughts, along with pictures and diagrams, on the C6100.  The post is appropriately entitled: Some Notes on Dell’s C6100 Multi-Node Server Chassis

In his post Nathan talks about:

  • Who else they looked at and why they went with Dell
  • The basic layout of the C6100
  • The “unscientific” testing, research and math he did on power draw on an individual node.
  • How intends to deal with some of quirks and infrastructure changes the C6100s will cause.

My favorite quote from the post is:

SuperMicro, SGI, HP all have similar devices, but the thing they don’t have is DCS, which is more or less independent of Dell and can be agile like a smaller vendor, but with Dell’s backing and resources.

You’ll want to check back on Nathan’s blog as he plans to add to his notes after the servers are installed.

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