Dell Ships High-End Ubuntu Laptop for Cloud Developers

The name of Dell’s Project Sputnik may not exactly conjure images of cutting-edge computer technology. But the laptop that the endeavor has launched is certainly no piece of outdated space junk. Targeted at developers and based on Ubuntu Linux, the machine potentially represents a new kind of direction for Dell (NASDAQ: DELL). Will the company, long derided by some open source fans, now fully enter the good graces of the Linux community?
Begun only about six months ago through the initiative of Dell employee Barton George, Project Sputnik was conceived to build an open source notebook tailored to developers–especially, according to Dell, those involved in cloud development. Last week, that machine arrived in the form of a “Developer Edition” XPS 13 laptop powered by Ubuntu 12.04.
The computer, which is priced at $1,449, sports the kind of powerful hardware geeky developers will enjoy bragging about: An third-generation Intel i7 CPU, 8GB of memory, 256GB of SSD storage and a six-cell battery. The only thing that would stop Dell from calling this a gaming PC is the absence of a high-end video card, but the Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics are nothing to sneer at.
Dell doesn’t offer any hardware upgrades for the laptop

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