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Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • Jul 13, 2012

Dell's Project Sputnik Set To Build The Ultimate Developer Laptop

We first told you about Dell's Project Sputnik being the developer's dream machine in May and now we are back with an update. This six-month exploratory pilot program from Dell is set to create an Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS based XPS 13 laptop that will support building, testing, and producing of web and mobile apps.

Barton George, Director of Marketing for Dell’s Web vertical, the segment that focuses on the companies who use internet as their primary platform, says, "With regards to the system itself, our first priority is to provide all the drivers/patches for Hardware enablement so the system “just works.” On top of that, instead of stuffing the system with every possible tool or app a developer could possibly want, we are keeping the actual “stuff” on the install image pretty basic. Where it gets really interesting are the two extra tools that come with the system, the profile tool and the cloud tool."

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Developers rarely agree with each other's tastes and likes, so they came up with a concept of "developer profiles", first of them being for Android, Ruby and JavaScript. The Profile tool will pull these developers profiles stored in a github repository, whereas the Cloud tool for DevOps will connect the laptop to a cloud back end.

See the following video that talks of the initial thinking that went into the project's ideas -


For more information check: Barton George's Blog and Dell's Project Sputnik Website

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