Project Sputnik: Ubuntu-based developer laptop pilot
Duration: May 6, 2012 - Sep 16, 2012
For those of you participating in Project Sputnik or simply interested in learning more, check out the Project Sputnik page on Dell TechCenter. The page is set up to provide information and updates on the project and contains a forum to discuss the project.
Due to the fantastic amount and quality of input we have received on the Project Sputnik Storm Session, as well as the thousands of applications we received for our recently announced beta program, we have decide to take this project from pilot to product. This fall we will be offering an Ubuntu 12.04LTS-based laptop pre-loaded on Dell’s XPS13 laptop. For further information you can view the press announcement, read Barton George's blog post and view the FAQ.
I am using Dell Inspiron 1545 with Ubuntu for 2 years and Develops web Application. Dell Must included software packages for Web Developers. Following are some tools that are must in Dell's Laptop. :
1. XAMPP (it makes laptop a choice for PHP developers)
2. FileZilla Client.
3. Firefox(with web Developers Tools and FireBug) ( Custom Build )
4. Eclipse( for Android and PHP Developement)
5. Web Developer Tools for Ubuntu ( https://launchpad.net/~petrakis/+archive/wdt-main )
6. Qt Creator( for Android and Cross-Platform Application Development )
and If you include some extra softwares like :
6. VLC Player.
They are bounus to user.
Screen height is key
Now that processing power and storage have exceeded minimums, the height of the screen seems to be the gating element for coding effectiveness on laptops. I would want a screen at least 900px tall in a 13" form factor.
I think this is a very attractive idea. Developers seem to be buying Macbook's in droves yet a well equipped Linux desktop is just as powerful and in many regards moreso. Most users simply don't know about the number of fantastic dev tools on the Linux desktop. A marketing effort showing the fantastic tools would go a long way to swoon the Macbook crowd. Not to mention the fact nearly all these tools are 100% free *and* open source.
Creating a single image to rule them all is obviously a difficult task. You seem to be making good decisions. I personally am a Fedora user so this initiative doesn't directly align with my preference right off the bat, but I understand your choice. I hold hope that this effort indirectly results in better upstream driver support for the Dell XPS 13 that Fedora and other distros can enjoy. I would be happy to vote with my dollar if that were the case.
For future hardware considerations, more RAM the better. I am a Java developer so it seems one can never have enough. Also as others have said +1 to much higher resolution displays, 1680x1050 is the minimum to be practical.
I think this would be a great idea. especially on the 13 xps system. sounds like it could have a lot of potential.
why not? i think its about time.
a good multitouch trackpad
A good multi touch trackpad would be great too, similar to the macbook pro and the samsung series 9. i currently use a macbook pro and the touchpad works so well that i dont even have to worry about using a mouse. scroll gestures and 2 finger click for right clicking built on the touch pad ie clicking down on the touchpad like you do with the macbook pro and samsung series 9 (those stupid little buttons thats usually at the bottom of a trackpad really doesn't work well)
java software developer
Honestly looking from a software development point of view:
- decent cpu (i5 or i7 is good). Ivy Bridge would be great
- lots of ram (you can never how to much ram, 8 gigs should be good)
- 128GB-256GB SSD (the biggest bottleneck in any machine, if you use maven for building this can become quite a big bottleneck)
- dont worry about GPU, a HD3000 or the new HD4000 will be more than enough plus it will give you good battery life and drivers will work better than that of nvidia or ati
- 15" screen with a res of 1680x1050 (matte)
Also, keep in mind if you can make this laptop well priced it will do extremely well. around $900 would be the sweet spot.
If you can build a notebook like this, i will buy one tomorow!!!
Another Vote for Expansion
When in my office I use dual monitors and NAS storage. I also like an external keyboard and mouse. Hence I'd also request that you consider other expandable platforms in addition to the XPS 13. (I currently develop on a Latitude E6500 with docking station.)