At the end of last year we launched the third generation of the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, aka Sputnik 3, which features the 4th generation Intel processors. This Ubuntu-based laptop is the third in a line of developer focused systems which began life as the internal skunk works effort, “Project Sputnik.” Thanks to strong community input and support the project became a product a little over a year ago.
Over this past month there have been three great reviews that have come out that I wanted to share.
1) Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition review (Haswell, late 2013 model)
This first review, from J’s blog, is quite detailed and comprehensive. It has great photos and got nice traction on Hacker News. Here is the opening paragraph
The XPS 13 Developer Edition, aka “Project Sputnik”, is a laptop with a FullHD 13-inch screen, backlit keyboard, SSD, 4th gen intel CPU and comes pre-installed with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
What makes this machine so interesting is not so much that Ubuntu comes pre-installed on it (it would be easy for anybody to install it him/herself, after all), but rather that Dell put some extra-work in making sure everything works right out of the box and supports running Ubuntu on it. WiFi, keyboard backlight, screen brightness control, sleepmode, etc. are guaranteed to work. [read more]
2) Guide to Leaving Your Mac Laptop
Carin Meier not only reviewed the XPS 13 developer edition but walks folks who may be interested in leaving their Macs behind how she set up her programs that she uses on a daily basis. This blog too has great pics. Carin’s blog starts,
I felt like I was in a controlling relationship headed downhill. After two custom laptops returned for defective hardware, I wanted to leave. But leaving didn’t seem so easy after living in the walled garden of Apple all those years.
This blog post is about how to leave your Mac and return to OSS.
There are quite a few nice alternatives to the Mac Air out there. I decided to go with the new Sputnik 3. Some of my reasons:
- Powerful – New Haswell processor
- 13.3 inch touch display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
- Ships with Ubuntu 12.04 (64 bit)
- Nice design (yes looks are important) [Read more]
3) Got me a Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition
The third review, by David Pollack, is actually a twofer in that he posted a follow on entry, Still Liking the XPS 13 Developer Edition, two weeks after the first. David’s posts are succinct and well laid out and I love his concluding paragraph 🙂
Just buy one
If you’re doing development like Clojure and Java, then the XPS 13 Developer Edition is a better choice than the MacBook Pro. It’s less expensive and just as impressive hardware-wise. And I like Linux a lot more than OS X. [Read more]
Pau for now…