Dell today announced the launch of its XPS 13 Ultrabook, specially developed for the developer crowd. XPS 13 Developer Edition was developed as a result of a Dell project named Sputnik, which aims to build machines and offer support for developers. XPS 13 becomes Dell’s first Ultrabook to come preinstalled with Ubuntu Linux version 12.04 and several other developer oriented software & tools
Key specifications of Dell XPS 13 are as follows
- 3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3517U (4M Cache, up to 3.0 GHz)
- UBUNTU Linux 12.04
- 13.3 inch HD 720p (1,366×768 pixels)
- 8GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz
- 256GB Solid State Drive
- Intel HD 4000
- 6mm (min) and 18mm (max)
- 2.99 lbs
- The display is covered with Bonded Corning Gorilla Glass, while both aluminum and carbon fiber has been used to build the body.
- XPS 13 Developer Edition is priced at $1,549.
Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition comes loaded with basic programming and cloud tools and even access to a couple of beta projects, making it extremely useful for developers and can be used straight out of the box. Below is an overview what is available with the XPS 13 Developer Edition Ultrabook
- Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
- Basic set of drivers, tools and utilities Beta community projects: Profile tool, Cloud launcher
- Community projects: Profile tool and Cloud Launcher
The profile tool and cloud launcher are beta open source projects that we have recently kicked off ongithub. These projects are nascent at this point and we are looking for more people to get involved and help get them going.
Profile Tool: The idea behind the profile tool is to provide access to a library of community created profiles on github, such as Ruby and Android, to quickly set up your development environments and tool chains.
Cloud launcher: The cloud launcher enables you to create “microclouds” on your laptop, simulating an at-scale environment, and then deploy that environment seamlessly to the cloud. Today the launcher utilizes Linux Containers to model your environment on your laptop and then uses Juju to jettison that environment to the cloud. The launcher project on github allows for community expansion on this concept using different technologies and approaches.
For a complete list of software check out this link.